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Following further guidelines from the NI Executive, in response to the most recent public health update, our four museums - Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park - will remain closed for a planned four week period.
In 1765 Theodosia Magill, the heiress of Gill Hall, Co.Down, married Sir John Meade, later 1st Earl of Clanwilliam, and in the same year sat to the two leading portrait painters of the age, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough. Reynolds was the first President of the Royal Academy and his style of portraiture was strongly influenced by his reverence for classical antiquity and the High Renaissance in Italian painting.
This portrait was painted to celebrate Theodosia Magill's marriage to Sir John Meade in 1765. The work dates from Gainsborough's period in Bath 1759-7...