This full length portrait was painted specifically to hang in Gainsborough's show rooms in Bath to advertise his special abilities.

He chose a pose for Miss Ford which would exploit his skill in painting the satin of the ivory silk sacque dress. Miss Ann Ford was a controversial figure in Bath society at the time.


Private collection, England; anonymous sale Christie's, 1994; Andrew Clayton-Payne, 2001.

Gainsborough's House

46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU
01787 372 958

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun from 11am Closed Good Friday, 24 Dec – 1 Jan

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