FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Manner of Thomas GAINSBOROUGH FRSA
Title: "Portrait of an English Lady"
Medium: Original Watercolor
Framed Size: 14" X 12"
Thomas Gainsborough, (christened 14 May 1727 – 2 August 1788), was an English portrait and landscape painter. He
left home in 1740 to study art in London with Hubert Gravelot, Francis Hayman, and William Hogarth. In 1746, he
married Margaret Burr, and they became parents of two daughters. He moved to Bath in 1759 where fashionable
society patronised him, and he began exhibiting in London. In 1769, he became a founding member of the Royal
Academy, but his relationship with the organization was thorny and he sometimes withdrew his work from
exhibition. Gainsborough moved to London in 1774, and painted portraits of the king and queen, but the king was
obliged to name as royal painter Gainsborough's rival Joshua Reynolds. In his last years, Gainsborough painted
relatively simple landscapes and is credited (with Richard Wilson) as the originator of the 18th century British
landscape school. Gainsborough died of cancer in 1788 and was buried at St. Anne's Church, Kew. He painted quickly,
and his later pictures are characterised by a light palette and easy strokes. He preferred landscapes to portraits.
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