Olga's Gallery

Thomas Gainsborough

Mrs. Philip Thicknesse, nee Anne Ford.

1760. Oil on canvas. Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA. Read Note.

Thomas Gainsborough. Mrs. Philip Thicknesse, nee Anne Ford.

Mrs. Philip Thicknesse, née Anne Ford (1732-1824) was a gifted musician with a beautiful voice. She was well-educated and knew five languages. She gave Sunday concerts at her father's house, but her ambition was to became a professional actress, although her father forbade it. One day she escaped her home to enter the stage. In 1762 she married Mr. Philip Thicknesse, a friend and benefactor of Gainsborough's