Sir Brook Watson, 1st Bt(1735-1807), Merchant and official
Sitter in 6 portraits
Orphaned as a child in 1741, he initially went to sea but lost his leg to a shark in Havana. He then served in the army as a commissary and was a member of the original committee of Lloyds in 1772, later serving for ten years as its chairman. Watson was also MP for the City of London from 1784 to 1793 and became Lord Mayor of London in 1796.