Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 92 1/4 x 60 1/2in. (234.3 x 153.7cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of William K. Vanderbilt, 1920
Accession Number: 20.155.1
In 1774 Gainsborough moved from Bath to London, and by 1777 he was well established, exhibiting portraits of members of the royal family at the Royal Academy. This full-length of the statuesque Mrs. Elliott—a Scottish lady of great beauty but easy virtue—was apparently commissioned by her lover, the first marquis of Cholmondeley, and was exhibited at the R.A. in 1778. Its elegance, delicate coloring, and fluid handling reflect the influence of Van Dyck.