WHEN? 1750 WHERE CAN I SEE IT? National GalleryI LIKE IT
See also 'Mary Countess of Howe
A Georgian gentleman, shotgun beneath his arm, silk-clad new wife at one side and a nice pendant to the devoted hound at the other, pauses in his patrol of his estates to be painted by the great Gainsborough. The composition, known as a ‘conversation piece’, mixed portraiture and landscape. It was probably important to include the rolling acres, since the subjects were newly-minted gentry, just up the social ladder from ‘trade’. And who better to depict them than young Gainsborough, an upstart himself? The weaver’s son had recently married a duke’s illegitimate daughter and would rise, 30 years later, to paint the king.