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Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 262 portraits
Landscape and portrait painter. Gainsborough worked in his native Sudbury and then Ipswich until 1759 when he moved to Bath and established a fashionable portrait practice. Settling in London in 1774, he was Joshua Reynolds's only real rival as a portrait painter. Gainsborough quarrelled with the Royal Academy over the exhibition of his pictures; he was highly-strung in personality, a lively letter writer and devoted to music; Garrick said 'his cranium is so crammed with genius of every kind that it is in danger of bursting on you like a steam engine overcharged'.

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Thomas Gainsborough

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1758-1759
NPG 4446

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Thomas Gainsborough

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Thomas Gainsborough
black and red crayon with pencil and grey wash on paper, circa 1797 (1787-1788)
NPG 1107

D34265

Thomas Gainsborough

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1798 (1787-1788)
NPG D34265

D34266

Thomas Gainsborough

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 27 November 1810 (1787-1788)
NPG D34266

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Thomas Gainsborough

by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 27 November 1810
NPG D14138

D2411

Thomas Gainsborough

by James Scott, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, 1850s-1880s (1787-1788)
NPG D2411

D2917

Thomas Gainsborough

by E. Ortner
bronze medal, 1859
NPG D2917

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Thomas Gainsborough

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Boydell, and published by Josiah Boydell, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1798 (1787-1788)
NPG D20059

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