SAN DIEGO, CA.- The portraits of notorious society women painted by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) are considered among the greatest portraits of the Western tradition. Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman is the first exhibition devoted to Gainsboroughs feminine portraiture and the first to focus specifically on modernity and femininity in Georgian England from the perspective of Gainsboroughs groundbreaking images of women. The San Diego Museum of Art is the second and final venue for this momentous exhibition. The exhibition brings together a choice selection of 11 paintings from renowned museum collections in the United States and Britain. Among those portraits on view at The San Diego Museum of Art from January 29 through May 1, 2011 will be Mrs.