- Sir Joshua Reynolds 1723–1792
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1264 x 991 mm
frame: 1412 x 1155 x 90 mm
- Bequeathed by Viscountess D'Abernon 1954
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
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