1) Thomas Rackett the Elder; 2) Mrs Thomas Rackett; 3) Thomas Rackett the Younger by George Romney

These three portraits of Thomas Rackett the Elder, his wife and son are early works by Romney.


Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
1-2) 74.1 x 62 cm; 3)183 x 120 cm
Art Fund grant:
£55,000 ( Total: £231,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
The Solly Family

Thomas Rackett was rector of Spetisbury, Dorset, for 59 years. His enlightened approach to education corresponded with his reputation as a distinguished antiquarian, naturalist, numismatist, geologist and artist. Rackett's collection of ancient Grecian coins are held by the Museum.

Provenance

Thomas Rackett the Elder (died 1799); by descent to vendor.

Venue details

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

Entry details

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