Framed oil painting: Robert Craggs Nugent, later Earl Nugent (1702-1788) by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), oil on canvas c. 1761. On loan from a private collection.

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Museum number

L2007.3

Object

Framed oil painting: Robert Craggs Nugent, later Earl Nugent (1702-1788) by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), oil on canvas c. 1761. On loan from a private collection.

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Robert Craggs Nugent, later Earl Nugent (1702-1788)
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
Oil on canvas, 1761

The politician Robert Nugent was known for his charm and "jovial manners. " He was married three times and used his wife's wealth for his own political advancement.

In this elegant interior, Gainsborough has included an imagined landscape view through the window of what was, in fact, his studio in Abbey Street, in the centre of Bath. This was the first portrait Gainsborough sent for exhibition in London, at the Society of Artists show, held at Spring Gardens, Charing Cross.

2007.3
On loan from a Private Collection

On display?

Yes
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