National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Miss Catherine Tatton Thomas Gainsborough (artist)
British, 1727 - 1788
Miss Catherine Tatton, 1786
oil on canvas
overall: 76 x 64 cm (29 15/16 x 25 3/16 in.) framed: 104.5 x 91.8 x 14 cm (41 1/8 x 36 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.99
Not on View
From the Tour: Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 4 of 8

Conservation Notes

The canvas, which is plain woven, was enlarged at the top and on the left side by 2 cm during the execution of the picture; it has been lined. The white ground is of moderate thickness. The painting is executed in thin, fluid layers, blended wet into wet. X-radiographs show that the blue sash had a strong highlight in the area now occupied by the third finger of the sitter's right hand, and blue paint can be seen through the traction crackle in the paint of the hand; it is evident, therefore, that the hand clasping the sash was added after the sash had been completely modeled. The thinnest areas have been abraded and the texture of the canvas has been strongly impressed into the paint surface during lining; there are fine retouchings, chiefly in the hair, but there are no major losses. The pigmented natural resin varnish has discolored yellow slightly.

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