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Edward, Viscount (later Earl) Ligonier

Date: 1770
94 x 62 in. (238.8 x 157.5 cm.)
Medium: oil on canvas
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Object Number: 11.30
Label Text:Lord Ligonier, a distinguished soldier, is shown as the embodiment of military bravado. Draping his arm confidently over the back of his horse, he turns his head and looks to the right, where the companion portrait of his wife is hung. While on a brief visit to the country house of George Pitt, Gainsborough was surprised to find two full-length unpainted canvases. Pitt intended the artist to paint Lord and Lady Ligonier, his daughter and son-in-law, and had obtained the canvases, according to Gainsborough, “in readiness to take me prisoner for a month’s work.”