Apricot gold silk open robe gown embroidered lace, fly fringe and pearls trim, and petticoat of cream silk. Complemented with pearl strand bracelets on both wrists. Detail from portrait of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754?–1823), 1778, Thomas Gainsborough. (c) Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thomas Gainsborough, The Painter’s Daughters with a Cat, c.1760-61, oil on canvas, The National Gallery Here are Mary and Margaret Gainsborough, aged between 9 and 10, and 8 and 9 respectively. The somewhat vicious-looking cat, referenced in the painting’s title, has been left unfinished. Here they are again, those gorgeous little girls. How lovely he sees them.