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Portrait of George Pitt, First Lord Rivers

Portrait of George Pitt, First Lord Rivers

c. 1768-1769

Thomas Gainsborough

(British, 1727-1788)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 261 x 181 x 9 cm (102 3/4 x 71 1/4 x 3 9/16 in.); Unframed: 234.3 x 154.3 cm (92 1/4 x 60 3/4 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1971.2

Description

Although George Pitt reputedly led a life of debauchery while living in Turin, Italy, in the 1760s, Gainsborough successfully conveys a refined sense of dignity and importance in this full-length portrait. Pitt wears the uniform of the Dorset militia, where he served as a colonel, and the painter offsets the deep scarlet and green facing of Pitt’s military uniform with the cool, woodland landscape painted in thin washes of mauves, grays, and silvers.

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