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Arthur Chichester (1739–1799), 1st Marquess of Donegall

Photo credit: National Museums Northern Ireland

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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.

Ulster Museum

Belfast

  • Date

    c.1780

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    232.4 x 152.4 cm

  • Accession number

    BELUM.U35

  • Acquisition method

    purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, the Gallaher-Mitchell Trust and public subscription, 1967

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Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB Northern Ireland

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