Francis Hayman Thomas Nuthall and his Friend Hambleton Custance c.1748

Artwork details

Artist
Francis Hayman 1708–1776
Title
Thomas Nuthall and his Friend Hambleton Custance
Date c.1748
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 710 x 915 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Ernest E. Cook through the Art Fund 1955
Reference
T00052
Not on display

Display caption

This ‘conversation pieceportrait shows two wealthy Norfolk squires resting after a day’s shooting. On the left is Hambleton Custance of Weston, who was about to marry a local heiress; his festive clothes and the bird he holds in his hand pose may refer to this. On the right is Thomas Nuthall, solicitor to the East India Company. He might be shown here as the unsuccessful suitor comforted by his dog; he remained single until he married his friend’s widow in 1757.

September 2004

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