Mrs. William Villebois, full-length, in masquerade dress, with a blue gown and a lace-edged satin skirt, holding a diaphanous wrap by Sir Thomas Gainsborough (auctioned by Christie's)

This is her article from thepeerage:  "Frances Read F, #479435, b. 1750, d. 1801

Frances Read was born in 1750. She married William Villebois on 31 October 1768. She died in 1801.

She was the daughter of Henry Read and Frances Truman. From 31 October 1768, her married name became Villebois.

Children of Frances Read and William Villebois

Jane Maria Villebois b. 1771, d. 1849

John Truman Villebois1 b. 1773, d. 1837

Harriet Villebois b. 1774, d. 6 Oct 182

Henry Villebois+ b. 1777, d. 1847."

Frances Villebois is dressed in a style similar to Frances Duncombe in this Gainsborough portrait. Her high coiffure also allows the portrait to be dated to approximately the 1770s.

Keywords:  Gainsborough, British, Read family, Villebois family, British, high straight coiffure, feathered headdress, scoop neckline, chemise, modesty piece, split bodice, elbow length full under-sleeves, quarter length full over-sleeves, vee waistline, over-skirt, floral bodice ornament, jeweled bodice, shoes, wrap


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