James Graham of Barrock Park and Rickerby

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This painting is a full-length portrait of James Graham (1747–1820) seated, holding a fine silver hookah for smoking tobacco. He is smartly and expensively dressed wearing a grey powdered wig, coat, waistcoat, breeches and buckled shoes. His vast girth is a result of him enjoying many large dinners in India. A landscape fringed with palm trees can be viewed through a window opening on the left of the composition. He was a descendant of the Graham family of Kirklinton, Carlisle. In 1780 at the age of thirty-three he went to India to seek his fortune and worked for the East India Company. He returned to England in 1790 where he built Barrock Lodge near Carlisle a year later. A few years later he returned to India where he held several senior posts before finally returning to England in 1804 to found the Carlisle New Bank.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery



James Graham of Barrock Park and Rickerby




oil on canvas


H 88.7 x W 65 cm

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bequeathed by D. A. R. Murray Brown, 1993

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