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Thicknesse [née Ford], Ann (1737–1824), writer and musician, was born on 22 February 1737 near the Temple, London, the only child of Thomas Ford (d. 1768), clerk of the arraigns, and his wife, formerly Miss Champion. Her father made sure that she had an unusually extensive education, which he claimed had cost him at least ...


Ann Thicknesse (1737–1824) by Thomas Gainsborough, 1760 Cincinnati Art Museum, Bequest of Mary M. Emery