Viscount Hampden

Robert Hampton-Trevor was made Viscount Hampden in 1776, and this portrait may have been commissioned to celebrate his new title. Before his rise to the aristocracy, he served the British Government as a diplomat in The Hague and as joint-postmaster general. Gainsborough’s portrait presents the Viscount as a serious, reflective man, well-dressed and wearing a meticulously styled wig.

Thomas Gainsborough

English, 1727–1788

Viscount Hampden

c. 1780

Oil on canvas

28 1/4 x 22 11/16 in. (71.8 x 57.7 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1917