Formerly identified as a portrait of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, this powerful drawing by Gainsborough is one of a group of preparatory studies for the Richmond Water-Walk, commissioned by King George III (1738-1820). Although probably never executed, the painting was intended as a companion piece to the Mall, now at the @frickcollection.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lady Walking in a Garden⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Black and white chalks with smudging, worked wet and dry, watercolor, on laid paper.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
19 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches (495 x 312 mm)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
III, 63b ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While the face is not particularly individualized, much attention is given to the fashion of the time, notably the large broad-brimmed picture hat and the hairstyle with loose curls flowing down on both sides of the neck.