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.