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Thomas Gainsborough. Mrs. Philip Thicknesse, nee Anne Ford. 1760. Oil on canvas. Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]

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

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