1 of 8 portraits of Thomas Gainsborough
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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Thomas Gainsborough
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
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Apparently painted in Suffolk, just prior to Gainsborough’s move to Bath in 1760. Gainsborough painted a half length of his wife at much the same time (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin; 2200),  but they face the same way and do not appear to be pendants.
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Referenceback to top
T. Borenius, Northwick Catalogue, 1921, no.284.
J. Hayes ed., Gainsborough Letters, 2001, p 175.
J. Kerslake, Connoisseur, CLXI, 1966, pp 160-61.
Northwick Catalogue, 1864, no.126.
E. K. Waterhouse, ‘Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough’, Wal. Soc., XXXIII, 1953, p 45.
E. K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, 1958, no.291.
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Blue-grey eyes, chestnut hair, brown coat with gold buttons, black neckcloth and white shirt. The waistcoat buttons do up the opposite way to the coat, as was usual out of London.1
1 Comment by Aileen Ribeiro on file.
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Mrs Sophia Lane (the artist’s niece); her son Richard Lane; his sale, Christie’s, 26 February 1831, lot 51, bought in; bought from Dunsford by 2nd Baron Northwick 1832; by descent at Northwick Park to Capt. E. G. Spencer Churchill; purchased from the Spencer Churchill Estate by the Government through the Land Fund and allocated to the NPG 1965.
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Pictures lent by owners resident in the Country, Gloucester, 1934 (21); Gainsborough, 45 Park Lane, London, 1936 (4); Gainsborough, Tate Gallery, 1953 (16); Sudbury's Heritage, Sudbury; 1975; Gainsborough's Family, Sudbury, 1988 (12); The Harvest Waggon, Birmingham, 1995 (4); Gainsborough, Ferrara, 1998 (7); Gainsborough, Tate Gallery, Washington, Boston, Mass., 2002-03 (26).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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