Thomas Gainsborough

Ignatius Sancho

1768
Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) was a musician and man of letters who possessed an impressive breadth of learning. His musical compositions and correspondence have been published. Born aboard a slave ship en route from the coast of Guinea to the Caribbean, Sancho was brought to England at the age of two. He spent many years in the service of the Duke of Montagu, during which time he cultivated an interest in the arts. Gainsborough painted this portrait at Bath in 1768, and according to tradition, it took him only an hour and forty minutes to complete. Frame: running moulding with carved ornament, gilded. Britain, 2nd half 18th century
Title
Ignatius Sancho
Date
1768
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
73.7 x 62.2 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1907
Accession number
58