Thomas, 2nd Baron Ribblesdale, was educated at Westminster School and studied painting. As a young man, he experienced financial difficulties, writing to his father at Gisburne Park in 1815, 'both yourself and my mother are anxious I should marry...I see the reasonableness of it myself and if I could only find a person who had money and who was tolerably agreeable I should not hesitate a moment in doing that which seems to be the wish of us all...I think money could be borrowed so as to get through the winter, which would give me an opportunity of looking seriously about me, for this I have not yet done'. Years later he finally married his cousin, Adelaide Lister, in 1826, and they had four children. He died in 1832 at the age of 42 and his 5-year-old son became the 3rd Baron and youngest peer of the realm.
These coolers are based on Paul de Lamerie's only wine coolers in high rococo taste, made for Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736 - 1803). Made in 1749 and descending to the Dukes of Sutherland, they sold at Christie's, London, 14 June 2005, lot 263.
The earliest revival of this important design appears to be a pair by Paul Storr of 1808 which sold at Sotheby's, London, 16 October 1975, lot 200. Two pairs by Robert Garrard sold at Christie's, New York; a pair dating 1819 on 28 April 1988, lot 587 and a pair dating 1835 on 18 October 1989, lot 142.
CAPTION: A Prospect of Gisburne Park, by Peter Tillemans, Christie's Images