Portrait of Wadham Pigott by Thomas Gainsborough

Wadham Pigott lived in Weston-Super-Mare and was appointed full-time curate-in-charge of the parish of Weston in 1790.


Oil on canvas
74 x 61 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £110,000)
Acquired in:
Anthony Mould

During his lifetime, Wadham oversaw the emergence of Weston-super-Mare from a small fishing village to a bathing resort of growing popularity. With his brother John he arranged a number of Enclosure Acts which proved essential in allowing the town to grow.


By descent in the Smyth-Pigott family; Mrs Cecil Smyth-Pigott sale, Christie's, 19/5/11, lot 86, bought A.Wertheimer; Adolf Hirsch; trustees of A.Hirschsale, Christie's, 22/6/73, lot 82, bought Douglas; with Antony Mould.

Venue details

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