I love what paintings like this can tell us. I don't have a date or artist for this one, but from her hair and clothing worn by those around her it's likely to be the 1750s or earlier. I'm also bound to love any painting with frolicking spaniels in it.
I am a university professor and costume professional who calls Virginia home. Interested in costume history, and history in general, I endeavor constantly to better understand life through those who lived it.