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Mrs. William Provis of Bath

29 1/2 x 24 in. (74.9 x 61 cm)

Thomas R. A. Gainsborough
England (Sudbury, England, 1727 - 1788, London)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1978.1
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: George Eastman Collection

A founding member of the Royal Academy, Thomas R. A. Gainsborough was a premier 18th-century English portraitist whose upward trajectory to fame began with a strategic move to Bath, a town with many portrait-commissioning British gentry. This particular portrait captures Bath resident Ann Pigott in her lonely and isolated youth. At 17, she married a much older William Provis and was left alone and childless while he lived at his country estate. As British gentry were selling family art collections in face of financial strain from estate taxes implemented in 1894, newly-wealthy Americans were building art collections. George Eastman acquired this portrait in 1912 in that manner and later bequeathed it to the University of Rochester.[

Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

The sitter (ca. 1745-1813); to her daughter, Ann Pigott (1790-1854); to her husband's grandson, Cecil Hugh Pigott (1860-1893); to his wife at his death, Mary Agnes Smyth-Pigott (1856-1947); her anonymous sale, Christie's, London, May 19, 1911, lot 88; Colnaghi, London (dealer) and M. Knoedler, New York (dealer), May 27, 1911, book 5, stock no. 12440; Roebel and Reinhardt Galleries, Milwaukee WI, June 28, 1911; George Eastman (1854-1932), Rochester, NY, purchased 1912; his bequest to the University of Rochester, 1932; transferred to the Gallery in 1978

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