These three portraits of Thomas Rackett the Elder, his wife and son are early works by Romney.
1) Thomas Rackett the Elder; 2) Mrs Thomas Rackett; 3) Thomas Rackett the Younger by George Romney, 12) c. 1776; 3) c. 1768
© Dorset County Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 1-2) 74.1 x 62 cm; 3)183 x 120 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £55,000 ( Total: £231,000; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- 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.
Thomas Rackett the Elder (died 1799); by descent to vendor.