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Based on an original by Thomas Gainsborough (circa 1727-1788). Looking at this painting enticed me to paint this fashionable woman with her delicate skin, glowing complexion and extravagant hair and hat. It led me to day-dream back into that century wishing it was me in that fabulous dress and awesome hair and hat in a “romantic” world.


Gainsborough is probably the best loved of all the British portrait painters and he left us with a glittering record of 18th century society. After learning his trade in London he set up as a portrait artist in his native country but all his life he preferred landscapes to portraiture. His own remarkable achievements in this field including his “fancy pictures” were largely unrecognised at the time of his death.

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