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  • Description

    A Woman with a Rose; whole-length to left, face in profile with broad hat, holding rose in her right hand, her left hand on hip. c.1763-1765 Black chalk and stump and white chalk on grey-green paper

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1763-1765 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 464 millimetres
    • Width: 330 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Possibly a preparatory costume study for Gainsborough's oil portrait of the Countess of Howe at Kenwood, of 1763-1764, drawn from a studio model rather than the Countess herself (see: J. Hayes and L. Stainton, 'Gainsborough Drawings', exh. cat, Washington, Fort Worth and New Haven, 1983, no. 34; and A. French, ed., 'The Earl and Countess of Howe by Gainsborough: a bicentenary exhibition', Kenwood, 1988). Alternatively, the drawing may simply echo the pose of the painting, and is perhaps a study of the artist's daughter, Margaret (see: M. Rosenthal and M. Myrone, eds., 'Gainsborough', exh. cat., Tate Britain, 2002-2003, no.69).


  • Bibliography

    • Hayes 1970 29 bibliographic details
    • Clifford 1978 41 bibliographic details
    • Binyon 1898-1907 8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Imp PIIIb)

  • Exhibition history

    1934 BM, Exhibition of English Art, no.295 1974 July-Dec, BM, Portrait Drawings, no.295 1978/79 Oct-Jan, BM P&D, Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM, no.41 1983 Oct-Dec, Washington NGA, Gainsborough, no. 34 1983/4 Dec-Feb, USA, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Mus, Gainsborough, no. 34 1984 Feb-April, USA, New Haven, YCBA, Gainsborough, no. 34 1988 Aug-Oct, London, Iveagh Bequest, Bicentenary exhibition no. A3 1990 Apr-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D, no cat. 1998 June-Aug, Ferrara, Pal dei Diamanti, Gainsborough 2002/3 Oct-Jan, London, Tate Britain, Thomas Gainsborough

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    Prints & Drawings

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COMPASS Title: Thomas Gainsborough, Study for a portrait of a Lady with a rose, a drawing


COMPASS Title: Thomas Gainsborough, Study for a portrait of a Lady with a rose, a drawing

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