Thomas Gainsborough Abel Moysey c.1764

Artwork details

Artist
Thomas Gainsborough 1727–1788
Title
Abel Moysey
Date c.1764
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 578 x 457 mm
frame: 839 x 719 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by H.G. and the Rev. F.L. Moysey 1861
Reference
N00678
Not on display

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Abel Moysey was a well-known doctor based in the fashionable spa town of Bath, where Gainsborough was also worked. Gainsborough painted this portrait in lieu of doctor’s fees, presumably for the treatment he received after a bout of venereal disease, contracted from prostitutes in London in 1763.  

Moysey is shown looking dreamily into the distance, as if he was unaware of being painted. He is every bit the ‘man of feeling’.

September 2004

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