Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754?–1823)

Thomas Gainsborough British

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In 1774 Gainsborough moved to London, and by 1777 he was 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 a scandalous reputation—was apparently commissioned by her lover, the first marquis of Cholmondeley, and was shown in 1778. Its elegance, delicate golden coloring, and fluid handling reflect the influence of Van Dyck, who created the template for aristocratic composure.

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

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