1761 Lady Anstruther by Sir Joshua Reynolds (Tate Collection)

This is the Tate Collection's caption for this image, "Sir John Anstruther commissioned this portrait of his wife, Janet, along with his own portrait (now in a French private collection). Lady Anstruther, the daughter of a Scottish merchant, was renowned for her beauty and for her reputation as a flirt. Despite her social elevation through marriage to a baronet, on at least one occasion Lady Anstruther was taunted in the streets for her supposed gypsy descent. In Reynolds's portrait, she glides serenely through the grounds of a landed estate, her dress and deportment asserting her right to be recognized among the ranks of the aristocracy."

Upgrade image posted on 4 May 2013 from the Tate Web site.

Reynolds portrays lady Anstruther wearing a simple dress, but made of luxurious satin in this 1761 portrait. Her arm covers her waistline. Her dress has a sack behind suggesting her dress could be a robe à la française tied at her waist.

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