English, 1727 - 1788

Mrs. George Oswald

Date: ca. 1770 - 1774

Little is known about Mrs. Oswald, but her engaging expression suggests she was more than just a fashion plate. It also attests to this painter’s skills. Thomas Gainsborough likely painted this portrait in the town of Bath. He had moved there in 1759 in search of fashionable customers who sought the spa’s natural spring waters. Mrs. Oswald’s husband posed for the painter at the same time, but the location of his portrait is unknown. The Oswalds were in good company: Gainsborough painted many portraits of the Royal Family, including a stunning full-length portrait of Queen Charlotte.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: H: 29 1/2 x W: 24 1/2 in.

Place: England

Accession: 0075

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Oil , Canvas , Women , Blue

Purchased March 10, 1983 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of George Oswald, husband of the sitter, London, England; J. G. Oswald, Scotstoun, 1868; the Oswald Family, London, England, 1949; Newhouse Galleries, New York, New York, 1950; and a private American collector from 1950 to the present. Recorded in "Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough" by E. K. Waterhouse, Oxford, The Walpole Society, 1953, Page 82; and "Gainsbor- ough" by Ellis Waterhouse, London, 1958, page 84, Number 531.