Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland
Thomas Nuthall with a Dog and Gun date not known

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Thomas Nuthall with a Dog and Gun
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2242 x 1460 mm
frame: 2465 x 1693 x 110 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Ernest E. Cook through the Art Fund 1955
Not on display

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Thomas Nuthall (1715 - 1775) was solicitor to the East India Company and the Treasury, and legal adviser to William Pitt the elder. In 1772, however, he fell from favour on charges of malpractice. A passionate huntsman, he also held the post of Ranger of Enfield Chase. In this capacity he fought throughout the 1760s to save its oak woods from disafforestation. He is shown here in his Ranger's outfit, suitably posed beside an oak tree. He is in the process of loading his gun, one arm raised to guide the ramrod down the barrel. This was a pose much favoured by sporting gentry and artists alike as it introduced action and graceful movement into the conventional male full-length portrait.

August 2004

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