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Key facts
Full title Self portrait
Artist Thomas Gainsborough
Artist dates 1727 - 1788
Date made about 1759
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 76.2 × 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from the National Portrait Gallery: Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1965
Inventory number L1299
Location Room 35
Art route(s) B
Image copyright On loan from the National Portrait Gallery: Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1965, © © National Portrait Gallery
Collection Main Collection
Self portrait
Thomas Gainsborough

This self portrait was painted at a moment of change in Gainsborough’s career. Having established himself as a portrait painter in Ipswich in his native Suffolk, in 1759 he settled in the fashionable town of Bath. Painted shortly before his move, this calm and composed self portrait showcases the artist’s skill in elegant, flickering brushwork, and his preference for setting his portraits in natural landscapes.

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