Item #35 Portrait of Lieutenant Thomas Brent, 1781. RA JAMES NORTHCOTE.
JAMES NORTHCOTE, RA (1746-1831)

Portrait of Lieutenant Thomas Brent, 1781

Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches; inscribed on the lower portion of the canvas on reverse: 'Portrait of the Revd. Toms. Brent / painted by Js. Northcote. 1781' ; in period gilt, composition frame. Half-length portrait of Lieutenant Thomas Brent (1758-?) in the uniform of the South Devon Regiment, in a feigned painted oval.  This work is recorded in Northcote’s account book for Plymouth sittings during 1781-1782, for which Brent paid 8 guineas and 8 shillings for the portrait and another 50 shillings for a frame. Born in Plymouth on 13 January 1758, Thomas Brent was educated at Balliol and Oriel College, Oxford. He served as a Lieutenant in the South Devon Militia from 5th September 1778 and was ordained a deacon in 1781 and a priest of the Church of England in 1782 in Exeter. Brent is later recorded as a chaplain in the 57th Foot from 27th July 1785 onwards.
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