Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727–1788)
Oil on canvas
92 1/4 x 60 1/2 in. (234.3 x 153.7 cm)
Bequest of William K. Vanderbilt, 1920 (20.155.1)
Gainsborough moved from Bath to London in 1774, and by 1777 was well established, showing portraits of members of the royal family at the Royal Academy. This full-length of the statuesque Mrs. Elliotta Scottish lady of great beauty and easy virtuewas apparently commissioned by her lover, the first marquis of Cholmondeley, and was exhibited in 1778. Its elegance, delicate coloring, and fluid handling reflect the influence of Anthony van Dyck.