Elizabeth and Thomas Linley belonged to a family of accomplished musicians from Bath, in England—she was a celebrated singer and he, a precocious violinist. Gainsborough knew the Linleys well and his affection for the brother and sister is evident in this engaging, sympathetic portrait. The sitters' eyes shine and their finely painted features contrast with the loose brushwork of their hair, clothing, and rustic surroundings.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||27 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (69.8 x 62.3 cm) Frame: 37 1/2 x 34 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (95.3 x 87.9 x 9.5 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1943|
Thomas Gainsborough, Elizabeth and Thomas Linley, c. 1768, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.955.
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