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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Gage (1721-1787), General

Painting by J. S. Copley, three-quarter length in the uniform of a major-general, pointing to a distant battlefield. Yale Center for British Art (B1977.14.45). Painted in New York. Exhibited John Singleton Copley in America Boston, New York, Houston, Milwaukee, 1995-96, no.66, irregularities in the uniform being noted.

Painting by Hugh Barron, whole-length standing in the uniform of a major-general (the uniform resembles that seen in the Copley portrait of 1768-69, with the addition of piping on the waistcoat and a waistband, but without the trim on the coat pocket). Firle Place. Presumably painted in 1773 when Gage was in England (see NPG 4070), and before October, when Barron left to spend six years in Italy.

Miniature by Jeremiah Meyer, see NPG 4070.

Painting by David Martin, whole-length standing in uniform of a lieutenant-general, his hat in his right hand. Firle Place. Martin’s companion portrait of Mrs Gage (Margaret Kemble of New York, whom Gage married 1758) at Firle Place is dated 1775.

Anon. engraving, bust-length oval, as major-general with epaulette on his left shoulder, lettered 1st Military Governor of Montreal.

An unattributed miniature exhibited SKM 1865 (1090) lent Lord Abingdon.

Doubtful Portraits
A miniature at Firle Place attributed to Meyer has been identified as Gage, but the sitter is described as wearing a blue uniform with cream facings.

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.