Frederick George Cotman was born in Ipswich in 1850. At the age of 18 he entered the Royal Academy School and then began his career as a portrait painter, exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1871. 'One Of The Family' is one of Cotman's most beloved paintings. It depicts a charming family, sat cosily around a table eating a meal. Cotman painted a real family, named Street, for this scene. They lived in the north of England but the child at the bottom right of the painting emigrated to New Zealand when she was sixteen, and her descendants there proudly own copies of the painting.