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I think this is his dad, George. However all I have is the title of "Mr Coke of Brookhill" and the date of "c.1760". Seems very likely that this notable paiting is of his dad. Agree? Victuallers (talk) 13:52, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
A good find. The red coat and military tricorn certainly look right for the uniform of an officer of Dragoons of the time, and the man we see looks about the right age, too. Colonel George Coke died in 1759, which is as near as you can get to 1760 without being 1760. But why Mr Coke, and why of Brookhill? Eschewing leaps of faith, and supposing the title given is correct, perhaps we could just look at the descent of Brook Hill Hall. Who did D'Ewes Coke and his wife inherit it from in about 1782, per the derby.gov.uk site? Perhaps from George's widow, but perhaps also from another branch of the family of a military bent. Also, it may be that the name attached to the portrait has been garbled - can we find out where the painting is now, or get a better attribution for it? Commercial art sites soetimes get things terribly wrong! Xn4 11:47, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
I seem to recall readin gin Allan Mallinson's books that Dragoons actually wore blue (at least by the Peninsular Wars). It also looks to me more like a coat over a waistcoat, rather than a coat with "facings", but I could be wrong. David Underdown (talk) 13:00, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
There's another painting by Gainsborough of an unidentified officer of Dragoons, hatless, but showing a similar red coat with a black lining. I think it may be in the Tate. Xn4 23:40, 17 April 2008 (UTC)