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Title

Arthur, 1st Marquess of Donegall 1739-99 (c.1780)

Object Name

Painting

Maker

Gainsborough, Thomas 1727-1788 (Primary maker)
Gainsborough, Thomas 1727-1788 (artist)

Date Made

1780 (circa)
1780
1780 (circa)
c. 1780

Description

During the eighteenth century full-length portraits were the most admired and expensive commissions as they posed the greatest artistic challenges. Gainsborough was a highly accomplished landscape painter, as well as a portraitist of great skill and sensitivity, and in this full-length portrait he has introduced a delicate, atmospheric landscape that serves to lighten the formal elegance of the sitter’s pose. Arthur, 1st Marquess of Donegall, was a member of the Chichester family, who had played a major role in the early history of Belfast. Physical Description: Dressed in a green long coat and yellow waistcoat the Marquess of Donegall leans on a cane beside a tree. His arms are folded and he holds a tricorn hat in one hand. Wig and buckle shoes traditional of the period.

Materials

oil on canvas

Catalogue Number

BELUM.U35

Copyright

© National Museums NI. Purchased with the aid of a grant from The Art Fund.