This is a rendition of a portrait which hangs in the National Gallery in London by Thomas Gainsborough. It is a painting of Sarah Siddons, a famous actress of the age (1785).
by THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH 1727-1788
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.