Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754?–1823)

Thomas Gainsborough British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 628

In 1774 Gainsborough moved to London, and by 1777 he was exhibiting portraits of members of the royal family at the Royal Academy. Around the same time, he acquired a clientele of glamorous women involved in contemporary scandals. This portrait of the Scottish Mrs. Elliott was apparently commissioned by her lover, the first marquess of Cholmondeley. Its elegance, delicate golden coloring, and fluid handling all reflect what one contemporary called Gainsborough’s “thin brilliant style.”

Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754?–1823), Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London), Oil on canvas

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