Mrs. William Monck

Thomas Gainsborough painted Mrs. William Monck during the first few years of his residence in the fashionable resort of Bath. Here he established a thriving studio practice specializing in portraiture. His technically accomplished “face paintings,” as he called them, provide a glimpse of the lives of the eighteenth-century English gentry. The sitters are studies in […]

Sarah Rowlls Chad

Along with Sarah Rowlls Chad (1968.20), this pair of companion portraits, perhaps painted on the occasion of the couple’s wedding, dates to late in Gainsborough’s career. Gainsborough moved permanently to London in 1774, and thereafter his work was characterized by a light palette and loose, economical brushstrokes. Gainsborough’s affinity for landscape painting is suggested in […]

Sir George Scott Chad, Baronet of Thursford

Along with Sarah Rowlls Chad (1968.20), this pair of companion portraits, perhaps painted on the occasion of the couple’s wedding, dates to late in Gainsborough’s career. Gainsborough moved permanently to London in 1774, and thereafter his work was characterized by a light palette and loose, economical brushstrokes. Gainsborough’s affinity for landscape painting is suggested in […]