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Mrs. Philip Thicknesse
Writing a Point-by-Point Comparison

Two Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough

Sophia Charlotte, 
Lady Sheffield

     Write a point-by-point comparison of the following two portraits by Thomas Gainsborough. Among your points of comparison, consider the apparent attitude of each woman, her features (face and hands) and position. Compare their clothing (color and texture). Do the differences in backgrounds and their colors used suggest anything about the women and/or their interests? (Which portrait suggests the most about the interests of the person?) Why?

Mrs. Philip Thicknesse
1760. Oil on canvas. 
Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA

Sophia Charlotte, Lady Sheffield
1785-1786. Oil on canvas. 
National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, UK.