A Firm Banker: 1824

Richard Dighton

 
A Firm Banker: 1824
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm

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A Firm Banker - Sir William Curtis (1752-1829) of the bank Sir William Curtis, Robarts & Curtis. The bank started in 1792 as Robarts, Curtis, Were, Hornyold & Berwick; it later became Robarts, Curtis, Robarts & Curtis in 1805, Sir William Curtis, Robarts & Curtis in 1818, Robarts, Curtis & Co in 1834, Robarts, Lubbock & Co in 1860, and was taken over by Coutts in 1914, and absorbed therefore in what is now NatWest. Sir William is a tall, slim man of middle age, portrayed in profile facing left and holding his top hat and umbrella in his right hand, his left at his side. He wears a tail coat with a double line of buttons, tapering trousers and elegant shoes. Curtis was Lord Mayor of London in 1795 and was an accomplished amateur cellist. He owned property in Tottenham and in 1805 purchased the local Lordship of the Combined Manors.

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