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Attributed to Lemuel Francis Abbott (Leicestershire c.1760-1802 London)
Attributed to Lemuel Francis Abbott (Leicestershire c.1760-1802 London)

Portrait of General James Pattison (1723-1805), half-length, in military uniform

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Attributed to Lemuel Francis Abbott (Leicestershire c.1760-1802 London)

Portrait of General James Pattison (1723-1805), half-length, in military uniform
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Provenance
with M. Bernard, London, 1961.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 3 November 1983, lot 184, when acquired by the present owner.

Lot Essay

The son of a London merchant, Pattison enlisted in the Royal Artillery regiment in 1740. He served at Ghent in 1742 and at the close of the Seven Years War commanded companies of the Royal Artillery sent to serve in Portugal. In April 1777, during the early stages of the American War of Independence, he was promoted to Colonel Commandant of the 4th Battalion. From 1779 to 1780 he served as Commandant of the City and Garrison of New York but was forced to return to England due to ill-health. He died at his house in Hill Street, London, in 1805, the contents of which were later sold at Christie's on 24th May of that year.

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