Tilly KettleYoung Man in a Fawn Coat c.1772-3

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Artist
Tilly Kettle (1734 or 5‑1786)
Title
Young Man in a Fawn Coat
Date c.1772-3
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 762 x 629 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Sir Claude Phillips 1925
Reference
N03962
Not on display

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The era of Sensibility saw some important changes in male costume. The bright colours and ostentatious decoration sometimes favoured in earlier years were now seen as being rather suspect, indicating a luxurious or effeminate character.

The ‘man of feeling’ would, by contrast, dress unostentatiously, in plain colours.A certain disregard for personal appearance was considered a sign of being preoccupied with better thoughts. The intense gaze which the painter had given to the unknown man in this portrait enhances this impression.

September 2004

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