Black chalk with watercolour and lead white on prepared paper dipped in skimmed milk and varnished.

Use of lead white, fixed with skimmed milk and then varnished was first employed by Gainsborough in the early 1770s.


Goodenough Earle; by descent to F. Wheat Newton; Agnew & Son; G.D.Widener; By descent; Sale Christie's, 1989; Leger Galleries.

Gainsborough's House

46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU
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