Fleetwood Hesketh & Frances Hesketh by Joseph Wright of Derby

Both Fleetwood Hesketh and his wife came from wealthy Lancashire landed families.


Oil on canvas
127 x 102 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £880,960; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Roger Hesketh 1987 settlement

The portraits, though pendants, bear little relationship to each other. This seems odd, and certainly was unconventional; but it is characteristic that Wrightdid not like to paint 'matching' portraits of married couples. Fleetwood Hesketh is portrayed in the shooting field, his wife on a garden terrace: but her balustrade does not lead into his landscape. The gallery's acquisition of the portraits adds to its representation of Wright's work. These works were acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Commissioned by Fleetwood Hesketh & Frances Hesketh; by descent.

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Walker Art Gallery William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL Merseyside L3 8EL 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker

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