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

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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. Arthur, 1st Marquess of Donegall, was a member of the Chichester family, who had played a major role in the early history of Belfast.

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




oil on canvas


H 232.4 x W 152.4 cm

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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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