Mug Lady Bate-Dudley - Gainsborough
This mug is published for the "English Painting" exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg features the painting 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.
Painting exhibited at the Musée du Luxembourg for the exhibition "English Painting".