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John Earl of Bute: P.2049-1991

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Current Location: In storage


John Earl of Bute
John Stuart, 4th Earl and 1st Marquess Bute


Printmaker: Watson, Caroline
Painter: Gainsborough, Thomas (After)




History note: A Chariatte (early 20th century) (Lugt 88a)

Legal notes

Bequest of Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


18th Century
Production date: AD 1791-06


II/II, with title altered to 'Earl of Bute'.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Plate Height 239 mm Width 177 mm
Sheet Height 373 mm Width 279 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Painted by T Gainsborough.
  • Location: Plate lower left, below portrait
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Engrav'd by Caroline Watson / Engraver to her Majesty
  • Location: Plate lower right, below portrait
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Jon Earl of Bute
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: Published according to Act of Parliament Iune 13 1791.
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: initials in a rectangle

  • Text: AC
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Stamped red ink
  • Type: Collector's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.2049-1991
Primary reference Number: 94874
Horne: 47
O'Donoghue: 1 II/II
Lugt: 88a
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 1 October 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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