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Thomas De La Garde Grisell Junior was born in 1851 the son of Thomas Grisell (1801-74) and his wife Eliza, daughter of Edward Leathes of Normanston. The sitter's father, Thomas Grisell, is recorded as being a builder, living at Palace Gardens, Westminster with his wife and nine servants, the year of the sitter's birth. The 1861 census records the family still living at Palace Gardens but the father is no longer described as a builder but a Magistrate. As a builder Thomas built the following public buildings in London: The Reform, Conservative and Oxford and Cambridge Club Homes; English Opera and French Theatres, Nelson Column and the New Houses of Parliament under Sir Charles Barry.
Having been responsible for building some prestigious sites in London,Thomas would have been a wealthy Gentleman, It is no wonder that Thomas could have afforded to have had his son, Thomas De La Garde Grissell Junior painted by Easton who was in turn patronised by the Royal Family. There is a large sarcophagus of cast iron and stucco in West Norwood Cemetery, Lambeth, where the sitter's grandfather and grandmother are buried.
Reginald Easton began his career as an engraver but later took up painting portraits in miniature and watercolour. He excelled at painting children as this portrait clearly demonstrates.
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