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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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2179

Joseph Gibbs

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1755
On display on Floor 1: Lady Chesterfield's Dressing Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2179

4446

Thomas Gainsborough

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1758-1759
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4446

5081

Karl Friedrich Abel

by Thomas Gainsborough
black and white chalk with stump on blue paper, circa 1765
On display at Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, UK in the exhibition Karl Friedrich Abel
NPG 5081

755

John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1770
NPG 755

5054

David Garrick

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, 1770
NPG 5054

980

John Henderson

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1773-1775
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 980

777

Stringer Lawrence

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1774-1775
NPG 777

59

George Colman the Elder

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1778
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 59

150

Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1780
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 150

281

Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1783
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 281

5294

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, 1784-1786
On display at Arundel Castle, West Sussex
NPG 5294

928

James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale

after Thomas Gainsborough
oil on panel, feigned oval, (circa 1785)
NPG 928

1107

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

D14729

Sir Edward Turner, 2nd Bt

by James Macardell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, 1763 (1762)
NPG D14729

D558

Thomas Ashton

by James Macardell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D558

D559

Thomas Ashton

by James Macardell, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D559