- Oil on canvas
- Purchased, 1977
- 1410 x 1160 x 75mm
In 1735, Oxford-educated London sugar baker Thomas Budgen engaged the services of Joseph Highmore, one of London’s most sought-after portrait painters. Budgen’s wealth came from the West Indies through his wife Penelope Smith and his own investments, all directly reliant on slave ownership and plantations on the island of Nevis.
(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)