Ooh, this is tricky! You have me stumped!
Why it is that darling Miss Read! One of my most loved Gainsborough portraits.xo The 18th Century Blog
I know those feet! And you know I know ; ) But I won't spoil it for everyone else. But M is right -- this is an (undeservedly) obscure treasure. It's well worth discovering in its entirety.
I love these Gainsborough mysteries. Tis true--this is the lovely Miss Frances Read. Although from what I just read, she was a Mrs. when the portrait was done, with two small (adorable) children. Don't you love this artist?
You are correct! It is Miss Frances Read aka Mrs. William Villebois whose portrait just went up for auction at Christie's and sold for £6.5 million!
What a beautiful dress and matching slippers! Must go see the whole thing.
Love the slippers.