|Artist||Charles Algernon Tomkins after Thomas Gainsborough|
|Published||London. Henry Graves & Company, 6 Pall Mall, 1871.|
|Dimensions||Image 155 x 126 mm, Plate 231 x 176 mm, Sheet 343 x 265 mm|
The title probably refers to the nymph Musidora who represented 'Summer' in a popular eighteenth-century poem, The Seasons, by James Thomson. But this title was added later. Gainsborough probably saw this woman more generally as an anonymous classical nymph.
Charles Algernon Tomkins (1821 - 1905) was a reproductive engraver and mezzotinter.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was a landscape and portrait painter. Gainsborough worked in his native Sudbury and then Ipswich until 1759 when he moved to Bath and established a fashionable portrait practice. Settling in London in 1774, he was Joshua Reynolds's only real rival as a portrait painter. Gainsborough quarrelled with the Royal Academy over the exhibition of his pictures; he was highly-strung in personality, a lively letter writer and devoted to music; Garrick said 'his cranium is so crammed with genius of every kind that it is in danger of bursting on you like a steam engine overcharged'.
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Condition: Printed on laid paper, foxing to left hand margin not affecting image. Water stain to right margin not affecting image or plate.