Edwin Long was born at Kelston near Bath. As a young man he became very well established as a local portrait painter, and was commissioned to paint portraits of mayors, which hang in the Guildhall to this day. He settled in London in 1858 and had a highly successful career as a painter of historical subjects and portraits, accumulating enough wealth to commission Norman Shaw to build him two houses in Hampstead. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and was made a full Academician in 1881.
Thomas Barrett was a physician in Bath, Coroner for North Somerset and, in 1860, served as Mayor of Bath.
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BATVG : P : 1984.33
purchased from J. F. Meehan, 1914; on loan to the Assembly Rooms, Bath