Patric Park was born in Glasgow and at the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a local stonemason. He then travelled to Rome in 1831 to study under the sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). Following his return to Scotland in 1833, Park soon became one of Scotland’s finest portrait sculptors. This portrait of Park was painted by the miniaturist Kenneth Mcleay (1802-78), four years after the sculptor's death. Despite the watercolour being copied from a photograph, it is a remarkably lively and natural portrait. The artist used a 'sketchy' style for the body and landscape in order to draw attention to the more detailed treatment of the head. In 1851 Park had sculpted Macleay's portrait in a marble bust.