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The woman in this portrait is the Italian dancer Giovanna Francesca Antonio Guiseppe Zanerini, who performed under the name Giovanna Baccelli. She was a principal ballerina in London at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, and Gainsborough painted this picture of her at the pinnacle of her career. She is wearing the costume and make up that she wore during her performance in Les Amants Surpris. She stands in a balletic pose, and when it was first exhibited it was described as a true likeness of its sitter: ‘as the Original, light airy and elegant’.
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough
  • Artwork Giovanna Baccelli
  • Material FSC Certified paper and wood
  • Credit Original: Oil paint on canvas 226.7 × 148.6 cm Tate. Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1975
Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was a British painter, draughtsman and printmaker. Best known for his portraiture, he was the most successful artist in this genre by the mid-1770s. Whilst portraits earned him his living, he preferred to paint landscapes. He was a founding member or the Royal Academy of Art, but fell out with them over the hanging of his pictures several times, and refused to exhibit there after 1784, staging exhibitions in his own studio instead.
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DELIVERY TIMES

We aim to deliver custom prints within 1-2 weeks. For international orders, delivery may take 2-4 weeks.

As each print is handmade to order they take a little longer to prepare. We’ll dispatch your order as soon as it is ready, separately from any other items.

UNFRAMED PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £3.60 per order

Europe — £15.00 per order

Rest of world — £28.00 per order

FRAMED & CANVAS PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £7.50 per print

Europe — £20.00 per print

Rest of world — £50.00 per print

We currently offer free standard delivery on all UK orders over £60. Here’s more information on delivery.

REFUNDS & RETURNS

As custom prints are made to order, unfortunately we cannot accept returns if you have changed your mind or made a mistake.

If we have made a mistake, or there is a problem with your order, then please contact our customer service team at at shop@tate.org.uk.

Here’s more information on refunds & returns.