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Thomas Gainsborough is one of the most famous portrait painters of the late IIIVX century. The painting was completed by the artist in 1780, painted in oil. The original picture is currently stored in the Hermitage. The artist was distinguished by a special property of harmoniously selecting paints to depict secular people in his paintings. The artist was especially popular with the English nobility of that era.
The name of the lady posing for the artist is still a mystery to researchers of the artist. There is an assumption that this mysterious aristocrat was the Duchess de Beaufort, but no true confirmation of these facts was found.
We draw attention to the fact that the picture is made using cold shades. Blue in abundance is used to depict a long shawl, which the lady covers part of her light dress, the duchess's hat is also blue. It seems that the young lady’s thick, highly powdered hair also has a bluish tint.
The snowy white color of the young girl’s skin will make any person admire. The artist maximally reflected the external features of the young person and seemed to be able to convey her inner state through the small details of the image. Outwardly calm, with a mysterious, piercing gaze of dark brown eyes. Dark, thin eyebrows and a small healthy glow of young cheeks. The curls of the lady are laid in such a way that the observer sees how they touch the tender shoulders from behind. And at the end of a dark silk ribbon tied under the chin, a golden crucifix is visible.
The girl's red lips are slightly parted, exposing pearl-white teeth. Thin fingers slightly hold the shawl, which fell from the fragile shoulders of the girl. The aristocrat gently holds her, looking off into the distance.