- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1759
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1965
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 262 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist associated with 262 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Allocated by H.M. Government, 1965.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 46
- Audio Guide
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 176
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 93
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 99
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 98
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 235
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 204
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 107
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1759back to top
Current affairsBritish Museum opens to the public at Montagu House, based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are created.
David Garrick writes Heart of Oak, the official march of the Royal Navy, to celebrate a year of British victories.
Art and scienceFirst volume of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy is published.
Artist Thomas Gainsborough moves to Bath.
A Journey Through Europe; or, A Play of Geography, the earliest British board game, is produced and sold.
Clockmaker John Harrison produces his 'No. 1 sea watch', the first successful marine chronometer.
InternationalSeven Years' War: British commander General James Wolfe is victorious at the Battle of Quebec and takes Quebec city, but dies in the engagement. At the Battle of Quiberon Bay, off the coast of Brittany, the British fleet are victorious over the French.
Portuguese expel the Jesuits from Brazil, beginning a widespread reaction against the order in Catholic Europe.
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Gainsborough's Family Album
From 22 November
- Members' Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 and Gainsborough's Family Album
7 January 2019, 18:30
- Exhibition Tour: Gainsborough's Family Album: Curator-led Tour
23 November, 19:00
- International Conference: Portraiture and Biography
From 29 November, 00:00