Inscribed on the verso, in pencil, by Gainsborough / The above is the writing of John Constable R.A.
Bolzoni, Marco S. Thomas Gainsborough : Experiments in Drawings. New York : The Morgan Library & Museum, 2018, p. 54, no. 5, repr.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 57.
Wiles, Stephanie. To Observe and Imagine : British Drawings, 1600-1900. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1998, no. 32.
The present drawing is an exquisite example of Gainsborough's draftsmanship in the early 1760s, when, during his years in Bath, he developed a reputation as a portraitist. The artist's fascination with the effects of light on fabric, emphasized by the movement of the model and the consequent vibration of the cloth, led him to explore the many tonal solutions offered by the black chalk. By dipping it in oil while crafting this study, the artist accentuated some of the darkest areas of the woman's dress, enhancing the figure's sense of motion. -- Exhibition Label, from "Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawings."
Gainsborough, Margaret, 1751-1820, former owner.
Lane, Richard, 1800-1872, former owner.
Constable, John, 1776-1837, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.