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Lieutenant General Philip Honywood

Lieutenant General Philip Honywood

Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727 - 1788)

Date: 1765
Medium: Oil on canvas
128 15/16 x 118 1/4 in. (327.5 x 300.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN390
On View: Art Museum Gallery 16
About this ObjectGainsborough, one of the foremost artists of his day, was renowned for both his portraits and his landscape paintings. Although Honywood had long retired from the army by the time this work was made, he is shown here mounted, in full military attire, with raised sword. The painting’s enormous scale—it is apparently Gainsborough’s largest makes the sitter seem even more imposing. Mitigating that effect, however, is the artist’s famously delicate, quick brushwork, which lightens the tone and immortalizes the vivacity and vigor of both man and steed.
Honywood Estate sale 1897 (lot 150 in sale), purchased before sale by Charles Wetheimer for £4200. Later owned by Lockett Agnew, of Halingbury Place, Essex; Purchased by John Ringling through Duveen, New York, 1927; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
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