Portrait of Benjamin Gibbons Seated, with a view of Eton College Beyond
Octavius Oakley RWS, 1800-1867
Watercolor and body color, signed
16 1/2 X 11 1/4 inches (36.8 x 28.6 cm inches (38 x 34 cm)
The present picture was commissioned by John Gibbons I (1777-1851) whilst his son Benjamin was at Eton College and the family was still living in Edgbaston. It was during the fifteen years that preceded the family's move to York Terrace, London, in 1844 that marked the most energetic period of picture buying and patronage. The present work stayed with the family until earlier this year .