Portrait of Lady Gooch wife of Thomas Gooch, Bishop of Norwich and Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Painted by John Theodore Heins of Norwich 1741 painter painting

Portrait of Lady Gooch
Presumably signed Heins Fec 1741.
Wife of Thomas Gooch, Bishop of Norwich and Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
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This portrait, set in a painted oval, is the pendant to the portrait (now lost) that Heins painted of the sitter's husband, Thomas Gooch, then Bishop of Norwich and Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1741.  There is a mezzotint of Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nt bt, by Heins, dated 1741, in the National Portrait Gallery, London.  The above lady would have been his wife. 

Heins also painted a portrait of Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd bt. (1720-1781) and this portrait was sold by Sothebys (Benacre Hall, Suffolk Sale, 9 May 2000, Lot 144) and described as three-quarter length, standing in a landscape, wearing a grey velvet coat over a white satin waistcoat, oil on canvas, in a carved wood frame 124.5 by 100.5cm., 49 by 39in. Sir Thomas Gooch, 3rd Bt. was fortunate in both inheritance and marriage. He was not only the successor to the Baronetage but also the beneficiary of his father, his Sherlock relations, and his uncle, Lt. Governor Gooch. He married Anne Attwood, herself a considerable heiress and they purchased the estate at Benacre in 1743. He commissioned Brettingham to build a new house there in the early 1760's.

 If you have any further information about Lady Gooch or her family I would be very pleased to hear from you.  Please contact me on jj@jjhc.info

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