This full length portrait was painted specifically to hang in Gainsborough's show rooms in Bath to advertise his special abilities.
Study for the Portrait of Ann Ford by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1760
© Gainsborough's House
- Chalk drawing
- 37.7 x 26.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £35,000 ( Total: £65,000)
- Acquired in:
- Andrew Clayton-Payne Ltd
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.