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Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery is fortunate to have in its collection three beautiful oil paintings by one of the most famous English artists of the eighteenth century, Joseph Wright of Derby. They are portraits of William Brooke and Elizabeth and William Pigot. Like his father-in-law William Brooke, William Pigot was a dealer in cloth, and this portrait is notable for the fine costume. The blue velvet suit, which would have been at the height of fashion when the portrait was painted, is trimmed with gold and brocade, while the jacket falls open revealing its satin lining, as well as the heavily brocaded waistcoat.
oil on canvas
H 127 x W 102 cm
DONMG : 1999.8
purchased from Mallett and Son, 1999