European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Portrait of Lady Rodney [née Anne Harley]
Thomas Gainsborough, British, 1727 - 1788
Oil on canvas
M1928-1-8The John Howard McFadden Collection, 1928
LabelThe subject of this portrait is Anne Harley, daughter of a former lord mayor of London. In April 1781 she married the eldest son of the naval hero Lord Rodney. It has been suggested that the portrait was painted some months after the marriage, and that Anne's delicate gesture of lifting her train to her stomach signals pregnancy and deep contentment at approaching motherhood.Additional information:
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