Thomas Graham was the son of John Graham of Kernock and married Ann
Paul (see lot 64). They lived in Benares, India and he became a Bengal Civil Servant and and a member of the Board of Revenue as well as a
partner in the private firm of Thomas Graham, John Mowbray, Robert
Graham and William Skirrow. On their return from India in 1809 he
succeeded to the estate of Kinross left to him by his half-brother George Graham. They had three children: Ann, Helen, and a son who was killed by pirates en route to India. Thomas Graham left the estate of Kinross to whichever daughter first produced a male heir. The youngest, Helen, married Sir James Montgomery, 2nd Bt. (see lot 54) and the arrival in 1823 of Graham, their third child (see lot 83), enabled them to succeed to the Kinross estate.
For a portrait of Thomas Graham by Thomas Hickey, painted in Calcutta
circa 1790, and now in Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon
Collection, see M. Archer, India and British Portraiture 1770-1825, London, 1979, p. 215, pl. 135.
For a portrait of the sitter as a younger man, see lot 87.