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Portrait of Thomas Gainsborough
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Portrait of Thomas Gainsborough


Attributed to Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788)

Reworked by Gainsborough Dupont (1754 - 1797)

Oil on canvas

Depth: 6 cm ( frame ); Height: 96.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 83.6 cm ( frame ); Width: 63.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 76.6 cm ( canvas );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932

About this work
The status of this portrait has long been unclear but recent conservation revealed that the face was most likely painted by Gainsborough himself when he was in his mid-forties. The painting was left unfinished when he died and was later completed by his nephew and close collaborator, Gainsborough Dupont. The latter copied the jacket Gainsborough wore in the self-portrait presented to the Royal Academy in 1787. Samuel Courtauld purchased this work as a companion to the portrait of Gainsborough’s wife (also in the Courtauld collection). (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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