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Louisa, Lady Clarges (1760–1809)

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Gainsborough spent 15 years in Bath, building his reputation as a portrait painter before moving to London, where this work was painted. He became one of the most famous artists of his day. Gainsborough played the harp himself and always took care to paint musical instruments accurately. 'The sportive, heedless, happy, and when she chose it, captivating Lady Clarges', is Fanny Burney’s description of the sitter.

Victoria Art Gallery

Bath


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 126 x W 100.5 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1988.2

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 1988; on loan to The Holburne Museum of Art

Work type

Painting


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