Lady Catherine Ponsonby, Duchess of St. Albans by Thomas Gainsborough (auctioned by Sotheby's)

From the Sotheby's Web site; spots removed throughout image with Photoshop and image resized to 105.34 cm high at 28.35 pixels/cm.

Lady Catherine Ponsonby, Duchess of St. Albans by Thomas Gainsborough (auctioned by Sotheby's) resized

The chemise for this dress is about an inch (2.54 cm) higher than the bodice that is marked by a W-shaped taupe ribbon in this Gainsborough portrait.

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