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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


Gainsborough likely painted this contemplative portrait on the occasion of Mary’s marriage to Henry Christopher Wise, High Sheriff of Warwickshire. In a nod to the Wise family crest of serpents and ermine, gold snake-like forms dot the sleeves of her dress.

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