With apologies to #theBard but whether it is nobler to wear knitted pants for a portrait or to go commando is a question I have had to ponder. 

I received a letter from the subject of my latest commission ; some bears are perfectly capable of writing extremely well, actually. In his letter Teddy described the torn ear incident,  and expressed no preference regarding apparel: to quote ” I don’t mind being a bare bear.”

This is a courageous bear . To preserve his dignity he will be wearing his knitted pants.