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Portrait of Mrs Thomas Rackett sitting holding a book

Mrs Thomas Rackett

A project exploring the context of three eighteenth century portraits by George Romney

The Rackett family project focuses on three portraits by George Romney (1734-1802).

The group of paintings includes an important full-length portrait of Thomas Rackett the Younger as a boy, and head and shoulders portraits of his parents.

The Racketts all have strong Dorset links. Thomas Rackett, a distinguished antiquary, naturalist and geologist, was rector of Spetisbury in North Dorset from 1781-1840. DCM already holds various related heritage items, including Rackett’s coin collection, drawings, ceramics and archive material.

We have developed several interactive educational games based on the portraits. These games are designed with the casual user in mind, but are also linked to the National Curriculum. These web based activities can be used as teaching resources in the classroom.