Portrait of John Bragge by Thomas Gainsborough

The portrait of John Bragge was painted during the first decade of Gainsborough's residence at Bath, where he had transferred his practice after failing to secure sufficient employment in his native Suffolk.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
76 x 64 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,500 ( Total: £22,000)
Acquired in:
1983
Vendor:
Leger Galleries

The clearly delineated features of Bragge, accentuated by the strong lighting of the head and an accomplished breadth and firmness of modelling, are characteristic of Gainsborough's portraiture at this period in his career. John Bragge was a Dorsetshire countryman who married in Bath in 1762. He rebuilt the family home, Sadborow House, and became a JP and Deputy Lieutenant of the county. This portrait is the first Gainsborough acquired by the museum.

Provenance

In the sitter's family until 1909.

Venue details

Dorset County Museum High West Street, DORCHESTER Dorset DT1 1XA 01305 262 735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.35)

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