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Oil painting - Portrait of Joshua Kirby (1716-1774)
  • Portrait of Joshua Kirby (1716-1774)
    Thomas Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788
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Portrait of Joshua Kirby (1716-1774)

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1754-ca. 1756 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.19

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case EAST WALL

Gainsborough probably painted this lively oil sketch when he was living in Ipswich. The sitter, John Kirby, was one of his closest friends. He was a painter, author and printmaker and later became President of the Society of Artists in London.

Physical description

Label for New Paintings Galleries, November 2003
This lively oil sketch was probably painted in the mid-1750s, while the artist was living in Ipswich. John Kirby (1716-74) was one of Gainsborough's closest friends. He was a painter, author and print-maker, who became president of the Society of Artists and clerk of the works at Kew Palace.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

ca. 1754-ca. 1756 (painted)

Artist/maker

Thomas Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 41.9 cm estimate, Width: 29.2 cm estimate, Height: 63.5 cm frame dimensions, Width: 50 cm frame dimensions, Depth: 6 cm frame dimensions

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce, 1869.
Note from the Catalogue of the Dyce Collection (1874), p.3 : "Formerly in the possession of Mrs Trimmer, Kirby's daughter".

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Joshua Kirby', Thomas Gainsborough, ca. 1754-ca. 1756

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

Hayes, John. Thomas Gainsborough. exh.cat. London: Tate Gallery, 1980, p. 82-83, cat. no. 65

Labels and date

Label for New Paintings Galleries, November 2003 :
This lively oil sketch was probably painted in the mid-1750s, while the artist was living in Ipswich. John Kirby (1716-74) was one of Gainsborough's closest friends. He was a painter, author and print-maker, who became president of the Society of Artists and clerk of the works at Kew Palace. []

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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