Thomas Stewardson

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Portrait of Catherine Gordon, Lord Byron's mother, by Stewardson

Thomas Stewardson (August 1781 – 1859), was a British portrait painter.

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Stewardson was born at Kendal in August 1781, the son of John and Anne Stewardson, who were from a Quaker family at Ullsmoor, near Shap in Westmoreland. [1]

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Kendal, once Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal, is a market village and civil parish in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. Historically in Westmorland, it lies some 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Windermere, 19 miles (31 km) north of Lancaster, 23 miles (37 km) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness and 38 miles (61 km) north-west of Skipton, in the valley (dale) of the River Kent, from which comes its name. The 2011 census counted a population of 28,586. making it the third largest settlement in Cumbria after Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. Kendal today is known mainly as a centre for tourism, as the home of Kendal mint cake, and as a producer of pipe tobacco and tobacco snuff. Its buildings, mostly in the local grey limestone, have earned it the nickname "Auld Grey Town".

He is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London. [2]

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References

  1. Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Stewardson, Thomas"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 54. London: Smith, Elder & Co.|access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. Paths of Glory. Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. 1997. p. 94.