GAINSBOROUGH AND THE MODERN WOMAN

A play by Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden

In 1760, Gainsborough painted a portrait of Ann Ford, which took his world by storm. Prepared to break the rules about how a woman should be portrayed, this painting was a cause of outrage but put a seal on Gainsborough’s growing reputation.

Ann was a talented musician, determined to become an independent woman in a world where this was not accepted. Her father had her arrested twice to prevent her but she succeeded and earned a substantial amount of money.

The play is about the making of this painting and the relationship between painter and subject, a very personal and exploratory process which reveals their place in history and the creation of a masterpiece.

Come to the play and enter the world of Gainsborough and this extraordinary young woman.

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION THE TOUR OF GAINSBOROUGH AND THE MODERN WOMAN IS TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL 2021



Thomas Gainsborough, Ann Ford
(Later Mrs. Philip Thicknesse),
1760, oil on canvas.
© Cincinnati Art Museum,
1927.396