Thomas Coutts was a banker of tremendous reputation, Thomas Coutts established a banking organization in London which caters to the world's very rich and very famous. England's royal family has used the Coutt's banking establishment for over two hundred years. The banking business in London was in the hands of James and Thomas Coutts, sons of John Coutts. From the death of his brother in 1778, Thomas, as surviving partner, became sole head of the firm; and under his direction the banking house rose to the highest distinction. His ambition was to establish his character as a man of business and to make a fortune; and he lived to succeed in this aim and long to enjoy his reputation and wealth. A gentleman in manners, hospitable and benevolent, he counted amongst his friends some of the literary men and the best actors of his day. Of the enormous wealth which came into his hands he made munificent use. This reproduction would look great in an album or display.