Thomas Gainsborough(1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter
Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 264 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'.
More on Gainsborough: Gainsborough's Family Album | Explore the portrait of Thomas Gainsborough by E. Ortner (NPG D2917) from all angles
- All paintings by this artist on the Art UK website
- Barber, Institute of Fine Arts, Edgbaston, Midlands
- Blue plaque, 82 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y 5ES
- Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, North Yorkshire
- Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk
- Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk
- Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent
- Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
- Sudley House, Liverpool, Merseyside
- Thomas Gainsborough in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Waddesdon Manor-the Rothschild Collection, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
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