"A brilliant composer and musician, Thomas Linley junior (1756-1778) was sent to study the violin in Florence in 1768 and became a close friend of his contemporary Mozart, who predicted a great career for him. He returned to England in 1771, where he wrote music for the theatre, notably for Sheridan’s opera The Duenna. His career was cut short by his death in a boating accident in Lincolnshire.
During the time he spent in Bath, Gainsborough became a close friend of Thomas Linley's father. Four Gainsborough portraits of members of the Linley family can be seen in this room, along with others by Thomas Lawrence and James Lonsdale."