*Rococo Revisited
Thomas Gainsborough
An Officer of the 16th Light Dragoons circa 1765
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The sitter is unknown, but the uniform has been identified as that worn by the 16th Light Dragoons between the years 1759 and 1766. This accords well with Gainborough’s style of the early to mid 1760s, when he was working in Bath. There is a possibility that it might be Robert Williams (1745 - after 1775) who was a Lieutenant in the 16th Light Dragoons in 1762, Captain in 1768, Major in 1773, and who left the Army when he married Anne Leigh of Ivor in 1775. 

Thomas Gainsborough

An Officer of the 16th Light Dragoons circa 1765

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The sitter is unknown, but the uniform has been identified as that worn by the 16th Light Dragoons between the years 1759 and 1766. This accords well with Gainborough’s style of the early to mid 1760s, when he was working in Bath. There is a possibility that it might be Robert Williams (1745 - after 1775) who was a Lieutenant in the 16th Light Dragoons in 1762, Captain in 1768, Major in 1773, and who left the Army when he married Anne Leigh of Ivor in 1775. 

(Source: tate.org.uk)

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