Oil painting on canvas, The Masters Pattison: William Henry Ebenezer Pattison (1801-1832) and his Brother Jacob Howell Pattison (1803-1874) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830), 1811-1817. Two three-quarter-length portraits, the elder of the two brothers, William, stands beside a donkey, his right hand on its back, the reins held in his left; he wears a red coat and looks to the left above the head of his younger brother, Jacob, who wears a green shirt and kneels on a grass mound, his arms around the neck of the donkey. Landscape setting, trees and bushes on the left and distant horizon with cloudy sky on the right. Having begun this portrait, Lawrence apparently lost interest and sent it to the family unfinished. He finally completed it in 1817, after much procrastination and complaints about the changed appearance of the children. William Henry Ebeneezer (1801 - 1832) and Jacob Howell (1803 - 1874) were the sons of W.H. Pattisson (1775 - 1848) of Witham, Essex. Both became lawyers. William and his wife Sarah were drowned in the Lac de Gaube in the Pyrenees on their honeymoon.
In the possession of the Pattison family until 1859-1860, and recorded in Redford (Art Sales, 1888, II) as having been sold in 1860 by W. Cooper to Grundy, Christie's, 26 March 1860, lot 154; later in the Naylor collection, Leighton Hall, Montgomeryshire, and noted by Armstrong as still there in 1913; bought by Agnew from Dyer and Sons, 19.7.1917; purchased for £12, 000 from Agnew by Mrs Greville, 13.3.1918; bequeathed by Margaret McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942)
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Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830), artist