Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter
‘His cranium is so crammed with genius of every kind that it is in danger of bursting upon you, like a steam-engine overcharged’ (David Garrick; E. Hardcastle, Wine and Walnuts, 1824).
‘James Christie, the auctioneer, often declared that the presence in the rooms of Gainsborough and Garrick, with their banter and good humour, added fifteen percent to his commission on a sale’ (J. Hayes ed., Gainsborough Letters, 2001).
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.