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Jacob Bouverie (1694–1761), First Viscount Folkestone and First President of the Society of Arts

Photo credit: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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Viscount Folkestone was the first president of the Society of Arts. This painting is a copy of a three-quarter portrait by Hudson (1749); enlarged to full size by Gainsborough to match the portrait of Lord Romney. Dance had previously been asked to do the work, and had agreed to do so, but was unable to carry out the commission.

Royal Society of Arts





oil on canvas


H 217 x W 117 cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned by the RSA, 1776

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Inscription description

JACOB, VISCOUNT FOLKESTONE 1st President of the Society of Arts Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. Pinxit


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