A66: Unknown lady with a blue cloak
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|Title||Unknown lady with a blue cloak|
|Additional titles||Portrait of a Lady
Lady in White with Blue Cloak
|Object type||In category: Pictures » Painting|
Gainsborough, Thomas (English painter and draftsman, 1727-1788) (known) - Painter(s)
|Place of origin||Europe » Northern Europe » British Isles » Great Britain » England » Bath|
92.7 cm height frame
81.2 cm width frame
73.6 cm height unframed
62.2 cm width unframed
|Materials & techniques||
Pictures: Medium » Paint » Oil paint
Pictures: Support » Canvas
Half-length portrait of a lady, in half-profile facing right, her right fore-arm on an ornamented pedestal. Brown hair brushed back from forehead, dressed moderately high, dark brown eyes. Large earrings. Band of blue silk and lace round neck. Informal white gown trimmed with gathered ribbons of the same white silk applied in serpentine curves. Blue silk cloak with brown fur edging. On her right wrist, a miniature worn as a bracelet fastened with band of 5 chains. Dark greenish background. In a carved and gilded wooden frame in the rococo style.
|Marks and inscriptions||
A good Gainsborough portrait from his Bath period, datable from costume to mid 1760s. In 1867 it hung in William Holburne's Dining Room.
Mentioned in Fulcher's Life of Gainsborough (written before 1855) as being in collection of Sir Thomas William Holburne, it was the only genuine Gainsborough painting Holburne owned. Possibly a family portrait? The sitter is not named in his catalogue.
On 8th September 1922, a Miss Haines wrote that she was 'Almost sure this is a portrait of Gainsborough's daughter.' The likeness is similar to Gainsborough's younger daughter Margaret, but she would have been only about 14 at the time.
G.W Fulcher, Life of Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. , London, 1856
E.K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, London, 1958, no.786
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|Method of acquisition||Bequest|
|Provenance||Sir T. W. Holburne (1793-1874); by whom bequeathed to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882); by whom bequeathed to the Museum|