Both Fleetwood Hesketh and his wife came from wealthy Lancashire landed families.
Fleetwood Hesketh & Frances Hesketh by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1769
© Walker Art Gallery
- 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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