An open sacque dress (à la Francaise) of turquoise blue and silver watered silk, with matching silk trimmings on the bodice. The necklace, shoulder mantle and sleeve ruffles are of fine silk lace. On her wrists two black silk bracelets mounted with miniatures. Given the precision of the costume, possibly painted by a professional 'drapery painter', or in-house assistant Giuseppe Marchi (d.1808). Detail from Suzanna Beckford, 1755, by Sir Joshua Reynolds. (c) TATE
A portrait of Mary Wordsworth, Lady Kent. This picture was completed in 1777 by Sir Joshua Reynolds and continues to enthrall 18th century enthusiasts with its depiction of a clearly aristocratic, yet simply styled (by the standards of the time) lady.