Study for the Portrait of Ann Ford by Thomas Gainsborough

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


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.

Venue details

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

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