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During the eighteenth century full-length portraits were the most admired and expensive commissions as they posed the greatest artistic challenges. Gainsborough was a highly accomplished landscape painter, as well as a portraitist of great skill and sensitivity, and in this full-length portrait he has introduced a delicate, atmospheric landscape that serves to lighten the formal elegance of the sitter’s pose.
oil on canvas
232.4 x 152.4 cm
purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, the Gallaher-Mitchell Trust and public subscription, 1967
Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB Northern IrelandView venue
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