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Oil painting - John Purling (1727-1801)
  • John Purling (1727-1801)
    Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788
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John Purling (1727-1801)

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770-1780 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs G. M. Spear

  • Museum number:

    P.28-1970

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 88, case EAST WALL

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Gainsborough moved to London in 1774. The lively brushwork of this portrait is typical of his late style. At this time, his usual fee for such a portrait was £31 10s. The subject is John Purling. He was a director of the East India Company and was elected an MP in 1772.

Physical description

Bust length portrait of John Purling (1722-1800), in an oval. John Purling was a director of the East India Company. He was a candidate in the notoriously corrupt Shoreham Election of 1770, and was elected an MP in 1772.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (painted)

Date

ca. 1770-1780 (painted)

Artist/maker

Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 75.2 cm estimate, Width: 63.5 cm estimate

Object history note

Provenance : Family descent to Hastings N. Middleton, 1871; Middleton sale, Sotheby's 18/6/1952, lot 47, bt. Leger; 1957, Mrs G. M. Spear. Bequeathed by Mrs G. M. Spear, 1970

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'John Purling', Thomas Gainsborough, ca. 1770-ca. 1780

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Walter Armstrong, "Thomas Gainsborough", 1898, p.201. Ellis Waterhouse, "Gainsborough", 1966 ed., p.86, No.566, colour pl. p.28. Repr. "The Connoisseur, Dec. 1954, p.260.

Exhibition History

"Thomas Gainsborough" (Grosvenor Gallery 01/01/1885-31/12/1885)

Materials

Canvas; Oil paint

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Purling, John

Categories

Portraits; Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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