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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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Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley), after Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D37355

Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley)

after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint printed in colours, (1785-1787)
NPG D37355

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), after Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D41676

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

after Thomas Gainsborough
offset lithograph printed in colours, (1785)
NPG D41676

Mary Elizabeth Montresor when the Hon. Mrs Watson, by Thomas Park, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D38924

Mary Elizabeth Montresor when the Hon. Mrs Watson

by Thomas Park, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, (1786)
NPG D38924

John Henderson, by John Jones, published by  John Sewell, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D18096

John Henderson

by John Jones, published by John Sewell, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1786
NPG D18096

John Henderson, by John Jones, published by  John Sewell, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D18104

John Henderson

by John Jones, published by John Sewell, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1786
NPG D18104

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne), by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D37170

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne)

by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1787
NPG D37170

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne), by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D5019

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne)

by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1787
NPG D5019

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne), by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D14181

William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (Lord Shelburne)

by and published by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1787
NPG D14181

Thomas Pennant, by and published by Peter Mazell, and by  John Keyse Sherwin, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D14536

Thomas Pennant

by and published by Peter Mazell, and by John Keyse Sherwin, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 20 June 1787
NPG D14536

George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D32297

George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1788 (1787)
NPG D32297

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D14062

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1788
NPG D14062

William Pitt, by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, and published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40236

William Pitt

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, and published by Robert Wilkinson, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 15 June 1789
NPG D40236

William Pitt, by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, and published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40249

William Pitt

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, and published by Robert Wilkinson, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 15 June 1789
NPG D40249

William Pitt, by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, and published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D40250

William Pitt

by and published by John Keyse Sherwin, and published by Robert Wilkinson, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 15 June 1789
NPG D40250

Anne (née Luttrell), Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn, by Valentine Green, published by  John Brydon, after  Thomas Gainsborough, and after  Richard Cosway - NPG D33040

Anne (née Luttrell), Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn

by Valentine Green, published by John Brydon, after Thomas Gainsborough, and after Richard Cosway
coloured mezzotint, published 1790
NPG D33040

Hon. Edward Willes, by James Heath, published by  W. Scott, and published by  Edmund Scott, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D37072

Hon. Edward Willes

by James Heath, published by W. Scott, and published by Edmund Scott, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 11 March 1792
NPG D37072

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D21279

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1795
NPG D21279

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D32549

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Thomas Gainsborough
line engraving, published 1795
NPG D32549

Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon, by William Ward, after  Thomas Gainsborough, after  Gilbert Stuart - NPG D32687

Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon

by William Ward, after Thomas Gainsborough, after Gilbert Stuart
mezzotint, published 1795
NPG D32687

Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby, by George Keating, published by  John Peter Thompson, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D15617

Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby

by George Keating, published by John Peter Thompson, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1 August 1797
NPG D15617

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