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Mrs. Sarah Siddons
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Item Details
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Culture
England, 18th century
Title
Mrs. Sarah Siddons
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Work Type
Drawing
Date
1785
Material
black chalk with extensive stump work with traces of white gouache heightening
cream(3) wove paper, discolored to light brown
Measurements
Sheet: 46.8 x 35.3 cm (18 7/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Description
Although Gainsborough produced about a thousand portraits in oil, the artist typically worked directly on the canvas rather than making preparatory drawings of his sitters. This study, so closely related to the artist’s finished painting of the famous actress, Mrs. Sarah Siddons, is highly unusual. One scholar has hypothesized that because the portrait was not made on commission but conceived for an exhibition in his studio, Gainsborough may have had only a single sitting with the celebrated actress, and knew he would he would have to rely on the drawing as a basis for the finished work.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: DR - British
Department: Drawings
Provenance: Henry J. Pfungst, London (his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, 15 June, 1917, no. 30, illustrated)
John L. Severance Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
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File Properties
File Name
1976.6_full.tif
SSID
24613894

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