Thomas Fanshawe (1721-1797), 5th of Parsloes

Object number



c. 1760


Born 4 January 1721, Thomas Fanshawe was the only surviving son of Thomas Fanshawe (d. 1758), 4th of Parsloes (see no.1). Upon his fathers death he succeeded to the Essex Estate and the Great Tithe of Dagenham. He studied at Westminster from October 1733 to December 1739, when he went onto Christ Church, Oxford, where he resided under the eye of his uncle Dr. John Fanshawe (see no.44). In 1745 he married Ann Gascoigne, at Ilford leper hospital, the only daughter of (Sir) Crisp Gascoigne of Bifrons, Barking, Alderman of London and Master of the Brewer's Company. Together they had four children: John Gascoigne (1746-1803) (see no.32); Susanna (1747-1764); Ann (1748-1791) and Mary (1762-1770). Thomas's wife Ann died four days after the birth of the last child, and was buried in the Gascoigne vault at Barking Church. Thomas was a keen lover of books and added materially to the collection in the library at Parsloes house. He was struck down by illness in 1792, but lingered on until 1797. He was buried on 10th September next to his wife.

Physical description

Bust length portrait of a portly man wearing a grey wig with a fat roll around the bottom. He is wearing plain burgundy coat with a small turned down collar and matching buttons. Underneath he has a cream/gold satin waistcoat with a gold brocade boarder. He wears a white stock around his neck. His right hand is tucked into the opening of the waistcoat at the level of his stomach. A small, white frilled cuff can be seen on his right wrist.




Portrait Painting


whole height: 860mm
width: 745mm
Canvas height: 740mm
width: 610mm

Collection type

Visual arts, Fanshawe Portraits

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