A pair of portraits of Abraham Rawlinson and his wife commissioned by Rawlinson's daughter and her husband William Lindow, a notorious Lancaster slaver.

The portrait of Abraham Rawlinson has confidently been attributed to George Romney while the portrait of Ellenor is by an unknown artist, perhaps James Cranke. Abraham Rawlinson was one of the most powerful merchants trading with the West Indies in 18th century Lancaster, he was a plantation owner, whose commercial interests in the West Indies Trade were wide and all embracing, ranging from being the principal importers of the finest mahogany into Lancaster, supplying the renowned firm of Gillows of Lancaster, to all aspects of the Slave Trade.

Provenance

William Lindow, 1772; by descent through the Rawlinson family to Sarah Cowell Bevan, ?1855;...; Galerie-Metropol, Austria; private collection, 2008; Sotheby's, 2008, unsold. The work has been vetted by the Art Loss Register and the Metropolitan Polic


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