Portrait of Mrs. Thomas Watkinson Payler

Creation date
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in.
Credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
Accession number
Currently On View

This portrait was done at the time of the sitter's marriage to Thomas Watkinson Payler in 1771. The following year, her twenty-four-year-old husband's portrait was completed by Reynolds as a companion piece. For the two pictures the artist was paid seventy guineas, a considerable sum for the time. Reynolds, having been appointed the first president of the Royal Academy in 1768, enjoyed a reputation as the foremost portraitist of his age.

Provenance Research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and information will be added to this record as research is completed. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Assoc. Curator of Research, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org with any questions.
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