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Gainsborough - Lady Brisco J900289

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Filename: J900289.jpg

Size: 3300 x 5302 (14.2MB)

Date: 12th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Gainsborough - Lady Brisco J900289

KENWOOD HOUSE, THE IVEAGH BEQUEST, London. " Lady Brisco " 1776 by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

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Costume Fashion Georgian Paintings


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> Heritage > English Stately Homes > Kenwood House > Art at Kenwood - the Iveagh Bequest

> Heritage > Treasures of Kenwood House


EDITORS COMMENTS
This stunning portrait, titled "Lady Brisco," was painted by the renowned English artist Thomas Gainsborough in 1776. The subject of the painting is Susanna Maria Cosby, later known as Lady Brisco, the wife of Sir John Brisco, 5th Baronet. The portrait is a prime example of Gainsborough's exceptional skill in capturing the elegance and grace of the Georgian era. Lady Brisco's fashionable attire reflects the latest trends of the time. She wears a high-waisted, full-skirted gown made of rich, velvet fabric in a deep, regal blue color. The gown is adorned with intricate gold embroidery and a delicate lace overlay, adding an air of opulence and sophistication. Her elaborate hairstyle, featuring curls piled high on her head and cascading down her back, is a testament to the intricacy and time-consuming nature of Georgian beauty routines. The painting was originally part of the Iveagh Bequest, a collection of artworks bequeathed to the National Trust by the 2nd Earl of Iveagh in 1904. It is now on display at Kenwood House in London, a historic mansion and art gallery. The portrait's placement in this setting further emphasizes its historical significance and the grandeur of the Georgian period. Gainsborough's masterful use of light and color in "Lady Brisco" creates a captivating and timeless image. The painting invites the viewer to appreciate not only the beauty of the subject but also the artistry and craftsmanship of the artist. This portrait is a precious reminder of the fashion, culture, and history of the Georgian era and a testament to Gainsborough's enduring legacy as a master painter.

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