Attributed to Thomas Ellerby (British fl.1821-1857)
Portrait of Joseph Paxton, half length holding a copy of The Magazine of Botany, 1843 oil on canvas 92 x 71cm (36 1/4 x 27 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Annie Paxton-Wayte-Hunt, Sir Joseph Paxton's daughter, by direct descent
This work is listed in a hand written inventory of pictures hanging at West Manor, Ruddington, Notts Catalogue of Pictures & Engravings Sept 29 1897-. It was compiled by Sir Joseph Paxton's daughter Annie Paxton-Wayte-Hunt. There is a second portrait of Paxton by Phillips listed in this inventory, as well as a portrait of Lady Paxton by Thomas Ellerby.
Another portrait of Sir Joseph Paxton painted by Thomas Ellerby c.1844 is at Chatsworth in the collection of The Duke of Devonshire; Paxton was head gardener at Chatsworth from 1826. Here some of Paxton's greatest achievements can still be seen in the Emperor Fountain and the Great Conservatory, notable works before he went to design the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition.
Thomas Ellerby was a London-based portrait and genre painter. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1834-1858 and the British Institute. His subjects included official portraits and exotic themes. He was highly esteemed as many of his portraits were engraved. During the latter part of his career Ellerby undertook commissions for Yorkshire families together with a number of civic portraits.