Hogarth, The Marriage Contract, 1743-5.
Learn more about Hogarth’s Marriage à la Mode series at the National Gallery’s website.
Rococo elements could also be incorporated into portraits, one of the most
important forms of painting in England in this period. Thomas Gainsborough
is perhaps the best known of the British portraitists, whose full-length
portraits of upper-class people are very much influenced by van Dyck’s relaxed
images of the aristocracy. But Gainsborough’s light brushwork and his
preference for pastels in portraits like Portrait of Mrs. Richard Brinsley
Sheridan (1785) are similar to the techniques used in paintings by Watteau