William HogarthPortrait of George Osborne, later John Ranby Jnr c.1748-50

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Artist
William Hogarth (1697‑1764)
Title
Portrait of George Osborne, later John Ranby Jnr
Date c.1748-50
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 630 x 565 mm frame: 800 x 738 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Gilbert Cousland 1996 to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary and the Hogarth Tercentenary 1997
Reference
T07121
Not on display

Summary

George Osborne (1743-1820) was the natural son of John Ranby F.R.S. (1703-73), Principal Sargeant Surgeon to George II and to the Chelsea Hospital. Ranby was a friend and neighbour of the Hogarths at Chiswick. The identity of George's mother is unknown. He was brought up as Ranby's heir and changed his name to John Ranby by royal licence in 1756. He went to Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge and was admitted to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1762. Ranby junior was the author of a number of pamphlets, including Doubts on the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1791) and Short Hints on a French Invasion (1794). He married Mary Goate. Ranby died at Bury St Edmunds.

This portrait is a pair to Hogarth's Hannah, Daughter of John Ranby, Tate Gallery no… (read more)

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