This is a portrait of Louis Bazalgette which was probably painted in or after 1817. Or rather, this is a photograph of a photograph of a…. you get the picture. This accounts for the fact that it is in black and white the definition is very poor.The photo seems to have been in the possession of my father’s cousin, Tom Norman Bazalgette, whom I remember in my youth as being the family genealogist, a mantle (or a burden) that I later assumed. Since Louis was a man of considerable wealth, he no doubt had a famous artist paint his portrait, complete with a coat of arms granted the autumn of 1817 by the French genealogist Nicolas Viton de St. Allais (1773-1842). It therefore follows that because of the fame of the (unknown) artist the picture is somewhere in a private collection. So the $64,000 question therefore is: WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL? I would dearly love to know!