Perhaps Philip Vandyck Browne [1801-1868], Shrewsbury. Philip Browne, Shrewsbury, as by Gainsborough. (Bellas), France. Howard Sturges [d. 1955], Providence, Rhode Island, as by Gainsborough; bequest 1956 to NGA.
Painted on white paper originally laid down on panel, the work was adhered to canvas in 1898. The painting is executed in thin, fluid washes laying in the forms in the darks, with richer paint applied in overlapping hatched strokes in the lights. The painting is in good condition. The paint surface has been slightly abraded, but retouching is limited to small areas. The heavily applied varnish, natural resin beneath a glossy synthetic layer, has discolored yellow to a significant degree.
 An ink label on the back of the stretcher only visible in infrared reflectography is inscribed: "relined May 1898/originally/on panel. " An ink label superimposed on this is inscribed: "lined May 1898/paper originally/laid down/on panel."
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 36, repro.
- Bishop, Philippa. The Bakers of Bath. Exh. cat. Victoria Art Gallery. Bath, 1986: 13-14, nos. 9, 10, repros.
- Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 7-9, repro. 7.
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