Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury 1727-1788 London)
Portrait of Mr. Coke of Brookhill Hall, half-length, in a red coat and a blue waistcoat with gold embroidery, a tricorn hat under his arm oil on canvas 92.1 x 71.1cm (36 1/4 x 28in).
PROVENANCE: By descent in the family of the sitter to Roger Coke, London Sale, Christie's, London, 22 November 2006, lot 25
The sitter is likely to be Richard Coke, a younger son of the family which owned Brookhill Hall in Derbyshire for generations. His father, D'Ewes Coke (died 1771), was succeeded by Richard's nephew, the Rev. D'Ewes Coke. The latter continued the family tradition of artistic patronage, commissioning Joseph Wright of Derby in 1792 to paint his portrait (along with his wife, Hannah and relative, Daniel Parker Coke) which is now in Derby Museum and Art Gallery.