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A three-quarter-length portrait to left in captain's (over three years) full-dress uniform, 1774–1787. He holds his hat in his left hand and wears his own hair powdered. He gestures with his left arm towards a British and a United States ship in action, with the American striking. Rigaud was born in Turin. He studied in Turin, Florence and Bologna, and lived in Rome for two years from 1768. In 1771 he settled in London, becoming an Associate of the Royal Academy in the following year and a full Academician in 1784. He received a steady stream of commissions for historical subjects, as well as decorative compositions and portraits. Rigaud was one of the major painters of large-scale decorative schemes for fashionable interiors of the late eighteenth century.
oil on canvas
H 126.5 x W 100.5 cm