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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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Sir Richard Perryn, by Gainsborough Dupont, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40167

Sir Richard Perryn

by Gainsborough Dupont, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1 December 1779
NPG D40167

Thomas Pennant, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D19671

Thomas Pennant

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1 January 1779 (1778)
NPG D19671

Ignatius Sancho, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  John Bowyer Nichols, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D23441

Ignatius Sancho

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Bowyer Nichols, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 2 July 1781 (1768)
NPG D23441

Mark Beaufoy, by Valentine Green, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D31587

Mark Beaufoy

by Valentine Green, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, 1781 or after
NPG D31587

Mary Robinson (née Darby), after Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D39811

Mary Robinson (née Darby)

after Thomas Gainsborough
photogravure, (1781)
NPG D39811

Mary Robinson (née Darby), after Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D39812

Mary Robinson (née Darby)

after Thomas Gainsborough
photogravure, (1781)
NPG D39812

Ignatius Sancho, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  John Bowyer Nichols, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D3581

Ignatius Sancho

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Bowyer Nichols, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1781 (1768)
NPG D3581

John Stanley, by and published by Thomas Gainsborough, after  Mary Ann Rigg (née Scott) - NPG D14076

John Stanley

by and published by Thomas Gainsborough, after Mary Ann Rigg (née Scott)
stipple engraving, published 9 April 1781
NPG D14076

King George III, by Richard Godfrey, after  Richard Livesay, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D18600

King George III

by Richard Godfrey, after Richard Livesay, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving printed in colours, (1781)
NPG D18600

Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, by George Sanders, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D33232

Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

by George Sanders, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (1782)
NPG D33232

John Hayes St Leger, by John Scott, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40010

John Hayes St Leger

by John Scott, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (1782)
NPG D40010

John Henderson, by and published by John Jones, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D35688

John Henderson

by and published by John Jones, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 30 May 1783 (circa 1773-1775)
NPG D35688

John Smeaton, by Miss Ickusch, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D41731

John Smeaton

by Miss Ickusch, after Thomas Gainsborough
lithograph, (1783)
NPG D41731

John Henderson, by and published by John Jones, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D2999

John Henderson

by and published by John Jones, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 30 May 1783 (circa 1773-1775)
NPG D2999

Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D3265

Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1783
NPG D3265

John Henderson, by and published by John Jones, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D14430

John Henderson

by and published by John Jones, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 30 May 1783 (circa 1773-1775)
NPG D14430

Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby, by George Keating, published by  William Austin, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D35034

Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby

by George Keating, published by William Austin, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 20 May 1785
NPG D35034

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