Miss Elizabeth Haverfield (early 1780s). Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727-1788). Oil on canvas. The Wallace Collection.
Miss Elizabeth Anne Haverfield (1776-1817) was the daughter of John Haverfield, who was a Superintendent Gardener at Richmond Gardens (now Kew) and lived at Haverfield House on Kew Green. It is thought that this portrait was commissioned in the early 1780s, as the sitter would appear to be aged around eight or nine years old. It is a fine example of Gainsborough’s late work. The sitter is shown in a pose of spontaneity, in which she appears to have been caught playing with the ribbons of her coat. The fluid, loosely painted landscape background further animates the sitter.