National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan Thomas Gainsborough (artist)
British, 1727 - 1788
Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1785-1787
oil on canvas
overall: 219.7 x 153.7 cm (86 1/2 x 60 1/2 in.) framed: 251.5 x 185.4 x 14 cm (99 x 73 x 5 1/2 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.92
On View
From the Tour: British and American Grand Manner Portraits of the 1700s
Object 4 of 12

Conservation Notes

The medium-coarse canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground, the color of which is difficult to determine, is moderately thick and masks the weave of the canvas. There is a light pink imprimatura evident beneath the sky and the sitter, which is used as a middle tone. The painting is executed in liquid paint, blended wet into wet, applied in many layers in order to create a rich and sumptuous effect, with thin washes in free-flowing brushstrokes for the details. The painting is in excellent condition. The natural resin varnish has discolored yellow slightly.

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