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Thomas Braithwaite of Ambleside Making His Will

Photo credit: Lakeland Arts

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This painting demonstrates the different purposes portraits have served at different periods in history, being created not to flatter the sitter but to act as visual confirmation that Thomas Braithwaite wrote a will. In the seventeenth century it was thought that if it a man was shown to have put his personal affairs in order, then he would have an easier transition to the afterlife.

Abbot Hall





oil on canvas


H 66 x W 58.5 cm

Accession number

AH 2351/81

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Colonel G. E. Braithwaite, 1981

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Normally on display at

Abbot Hall

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL England

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