Not on display
- Thomas Gainsborough 1727–1788
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 578 × 457 mm
frame: 839 × 719 × 83 mm
- Presented by H.G. and the Rev. F.L. Moysey 1861
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’.
Gallery label, September 2004
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