The identification of the sitter as John Plampin (1727? - 1805) is almost certain. He inherited Shimpling and Chadacre Hall, near Lavenham, Suffolk, in 1757.

The pose derives from a lost picture by Watteau, which was engraved in 1734. The costume and style of the painting suggest a date of about 1752.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1727 - 1788
Full title
John Plampin
Date made
probably about 1752
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
50.2 x 60.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Percy Moore Turner, 1951
Inventory number
NG5984
Location in Gallery