Kirby and his World

This site is dedicated to Joshua Kirby (1716-1774), his life, times, friends, and anything else I find interesting about mid-18th century England.

Kirby was an artist and author and I will write more about his works in later posts. He was a friend of Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth.  Gainsborough painted a portrait of Kirby and his wife in the late 1740’s.  Felicity Owen dates the painting ‘close to 1746’, although the National Portrait Gallery goes with 1751 or 1752.

Gainsborough's portrait  of the Kirbys

5 thoughts on “Kirby and his World

  1. cmmelv

    He does seem very dour, but then, it is the 18th century, and a lot of people were dour. I look forward to further posts!


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