Pouch Lady Bate-Dudley - Thomas Gainsborough
This pouch published for the "English Painting" exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg (2019/2020) features the painting of Mary, Lady Bate Dudley by the English rococo painter Thomas Gainsborough.
Mary Bate-Dudley was married to Gainsborough's friend and champion, Henry Bate-Dudley. She's shown here in a romantic woodland setting, leaning on a classical pedestal and an urn. Her pose is languid yet statuesque and the gesture of her left hand suggests a refined sensibility. Unusually in Gainsborough's art, Lady Bate-Dudley's head is shown in profile. This is a dramatic ploy intended to elevate the painting beyond the everyday world of conventional portraiture to the realm of High Art.