Sir Joshua Reynolds

Lady Anstruther

1761

Artist
Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723–1792
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1264 x 991 mm
frame: 1412 x 1155 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Viscountess D'Abernon 1954
Reference
N06243

Not on display

Display caption

Sir John Anstruther commissioned this portrait of his wife, Janet, along with his own portrait (now in a French private collection). Lady Anstruther, the daughter of a Scottish merchant, was renowned for her beauty and for her reputation as a flirt. Despite her social elevation through marriage to a baronet, on at least one occasion Lady Anstruther was taunted in the streets for her supposed gypsy descent. In Reynolds's portrait, she glides serenely through the grounds of a landed estate, her dress and deportment asserting her right to be recognized among the ranks of the aristocracy.

Gallery label, August 2004