William Lynch Esq.r
Mezzotint. 350 x 255mm (3¾ x 10"). Trimmed within plate on lower edge.
William Lynch (1726—1797), steward of Ipswich Races. He attended St. Johns, Cambridge and by the 1750s he was a Captain in the Suffolk Militia under Colonel Francis Vernon, nephew of the famous Admiral Vernon. Both he and Vernon fell out with Philip Thicknesse, the Lieutenant Governor of Landguard Fort, where the regiment of the Suffolk militia was stationed. On one occasion Lynch slipped off to Ipswich for a few days rest and recreation: incensed, Thicknesse demanded his return, which he cheerfully ignored. Thicknesse had Lynch thrown in jail for twenty-four hours to reflect on his lack of discipline and threatened to report him to the Secretary of War. Lynch demanded a court martial, where, despite admitting to all charges, he was found not guilty. The dispute was only resolved by moving the regiment from the fort. The Suffolk Militia was disbanded in 1762; however in 1794 Lynch signed up as Captain for an Ipswich Regiment of Volunteers formed to meet the threat of French invasion, aged 68. Gainsborough painted this portrait (now in the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan) as one of a series of young officers c.1756. However, a decade later, Lynch had Gainsborough rework the portrait to excise the military theme, removing his hat and covering up much of his coat
Whitman: 184. Horne: 45. ii of ii. In the NPG.
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