1 of 5 portraits of Philip Thicknesse
- Extended catalogue entry
Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
by Nathaniel Hone
1 1/8 in. x 1 in. (28 mm x 25 mm) oval
Inscriptionback to top
Signed lower right: NH/1757
Verso lettered: LAND.GUA/FORT (above) and THIcknesse/LT. Govero./1757 (below).
Physical descriptionback to top
Blue eyes, dark brown hair with a black ribbon, wearing a uniform (presumably that of the lieutenant-governor of Landguard Fort)1 of a rich blue coat with maroon facings and gold piping, with a thin gold epaulette.
1 Thicknesse married in 1763 wearing ‘the private uniform’ of Col Sir Armine Wodehouse’s Batallion of Militia, in which he was a volunteer (J. Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, IX, p 260n).
Provenanceback to top
Mrs D. Asher; Sotheby’s, 19 December 1960, lot 72, bought Leggatt for the NPG.
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.