Mrs. Ralph Izard (Alice De Lancey, 1746/47–1832)

Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: Oval, 30 1/4 x 25 1/8 in. (76.8 x 63.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Jeanne King deRham, in memory of her father, David H. King Jr., 1966

Accession Number: 66.88.1


Born in rural Westchester, Alice De Lancey married Ralph Izard in New York City in 1767. They lived on his plantation near Charleston, South Carolina, until 1771, when, as Loyalists, they moved abroad for the duration of the American Revolution. Within a year of settling in London, Mrs. Izard was sitting for this modest portrait by Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the most fashionable English painter of the day.