Jonathan Davis (1761-1838) married Sarah Hammond (1765/68-1821) in 1787 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1822, shortly after Sarah's death, he married Hannah Barton (1776-1859); her portrait is painted on the reverse.
In 1802, Jonathan Davis was made brigadier general and from 1812 to 1814, he served as Chief Justice of the Court of Sessions for Worcester County. A trustee of Nichols Academy (now Nichols College) in Dudley, Massachusetts, he was a founder and president of the Oxford (Massachusetts) Bank from 1823 to 1833
Ralph E. W. Earl was the son of renowned painter Ralph Earl (1751-1801) and his second wife, Anne Whiteside of Norwich, England. Born in England, Earl studied under his father in Northhampton, Massachusetts, before traveling to London in 1809, where he studied with John Trumbull and Benjamin West. After a year in London, he spent four years in Norwich with his maternal relatives before spending a year in Paris. On January 1, 1817, Earl arrived in Nashville to paint the portrait of General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the battle of New Orleans. He completed numerous portraits of Jackson, both before and during his presidency, and returned to Tennessee a year before his death in 1838. For more information on Ralph E.W. Earl, see Jerome R. MacBeth, "Portraits by Ralph E.W. Earl," The Magazine Antiques (September 1971).