Fleetwood Hesketh

Joseph Wright, 1769

WAG 10846

About this object

Fleetwood Hesketh came from a family of Lancashire landowners. Although they lived in the Southport area, the family had business interests in Liverpool.

Here, Wright has shown Hesketh in his hunting costume. His gun, powder horn and faithful dog are all clearly visible. The portrait creates a vivid presence. He is painted close to the picture plane and is strongly lit and meticulously observed. The outdoor setting and hunting clothes all help to give Hesketh the air of a trusted custodian of the land.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Wright (British: English, born:3 September 1734, died:29 August 1797)
  • Date
    1769
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 127 cm x 102 cm
  • Physical description
    A portrait of a seated gentleman wearing a red hunting coat and leaning his ankle on his knee.
  • Related people
    Joseph Wright (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 10846
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the Trustees of the Roger Hesketh 1987 Settlement, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, the Hope Fund, the Friends of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside in 1990
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 05
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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