Sir Robert Thomas Wilson (1777-1849) General, politician and colonial governor; Governor of Gibraltar 1842-48
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About the artist
William Ward was the son of James Ward, manager for a fruit and cider merchant. His younger brother, also named James Ward was a painter. Ward held the position of mezzotint engraver to the Duke of York from 1804 and engraver to the Prince of Wales from 1813. The following year he became an Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy. He died in 1826 at his home in Warren Street, London.
Henry William Pickersgill was a sought-after British portrait painter. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1806 and exhibited at the Royal Academy from this year until 1872. Although known for his portraits, he also produced landscapes, scenes from the works of Shakespeare and Byron, and genre figure paintings. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1826 and in 1856 he assumed the role of librarian to the Royal Academy, a position he held until his death in 1875.