Captain George K. H. Coussmaker (1759–1801)

Artist: Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London)

Date: 1782

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 93 3/4 x 57 1/4 in. (238.1 x 145.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of William K. Vanderbilt, 1920

Accession Number: 20.155.3


Reynolds gave close attention to his portrait of George Kein Hayward Coussmaker, a lieutenant and captain in the first regiment of Foot Guards. No fewer than twenty-one appointments—and at least two more for the sitter's horse—are recorded between February 9 and April 16, 1782. The composition is complex and the whole vigorously painted.