I usually like the comments I receive at Sue's News, but I loved it when I received a comment from the historian Jo Paoletti whose book Pink And Blue, Telling The Girls From The Boys In America I used as a reference, although she corrected me!
She responded to my article "GENDER-SPECIFIC" which was about the differences between the choices of pink and blue for babies. I wrote that I thought it was because of the influence of the paintings The Blue Boy and Pinkie.
Although I certainly know that Sir Thomas Lawrence was the artist who painted Pinkie, rather than Gainsborough, I only used my flippant remark in the article rather than being specific; however, I am posting the correction pointed out by Paoletti.
This is Paoletti's response to my article:
Kimberly Christian-Campbell has an excellent article about Blue Boy and Pinky and the history of pink. I didn't mention it in the book, but it is a bit of a modern urban legend. The two paintings were not companion pieces or even by the same artist. Gainsborough however, did paint a Pink Boy:
Link to the article: http:///.huntington.org/uploadedfiles/Files/PDFs/ss2013Frontiers.pdf.