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I like the good-natured calm with which Patrick is shown looking out into the future, shading himself from the sun with his plain hat. Next to him his dog is content to wait for their next move, though you can see from his face he's curious what could be next. He's a handsome and well-cared-for pet but has the muscle tone of a working dog, just as Patrick is clearly prosperous but aware and capable. Here's a snippet from Patrick's obituary of July 1834, in The Gentleman's Magazine (p. 543-4):
A studied panegyric on his life would be opposed to its chief characteristic— simplicity, and an utter distaste for every kind of ostentation. But while the writer refrains therefrom, it is some consolation to himself and those who lament his loss, to recall his many virtues, at the head of which was undeviating rectitude of principle and action. To a sound understanding he added benevolence of heart, and an unvarying cheerfulness, which made him alike the favourite of young and old, towards whom he exercised a constant and unpretending hospitality.