Portrait of Mary Wise

Portrait of Mary Wise

c. 1776

Thomas Gainsborough

(British, 1727-1788)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 76.2 x 63.6 cm (30 x 25 1/16 in.)

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection 1944.82

Fun Fact

The portrait shows Mary in her twenties, with her hair powdered fashionably grey.


Gainsborough likely painted this contemplative portrait on the occasion of Mary’s marriage to Henry Christopher Wise, High Sheriff of Warwickshire.

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