Gainsborough's Family Album

22 November 2018 - 3 February 2019

Wolfson Gallery

Tickets with donation: £14.50 - £16.00
Tickets without donation: £12.50 - £14.00
Members Free

The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1756. The National Gallery, London. Henry Vaughan Bequest, 1900

The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1756. The National Gallery, London. Henry Vaughan Bequest, 1900

 

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88), one of Britain’s greatest artists. The exhibition includes a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK and will bring together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters.

Gainsborough’s Family Album charts Gainsborough’s career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune. The exhibition will both offer a new perspective on Gainsborough the portraitist and challenge our thinking about his era and its relationship to our own.

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Gainsborough’s Family Album Exhibition catalogue

Featuring over 50 portraits by the 18th-century master Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) – of himself, his wife, his daughters and other close relatives – this ‘family album’ accompanies the first major exhibition devoted to this remarkable and highly personal aspect of the artist’s work.

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Gainsborough in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection

Thomas Gainsborough and picture framing

Events (5)

5 events matching the search term Gainsborough

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Gainsborough’s Family Album

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Gainsborough’s Family Album

  • For Members

21 November 2018, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson Gallery

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of Thomas Gainsborough, one of Britain’s greatest artists.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.


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Exhibition Tour: Gainsborough’s Family Album: Curator-led Tour

Exhibition Tour: Gainsborough’s Family Album: Curator-led Tour

A part of Friday Lates
23 November 2018, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free with exhibition ticket
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Co-curators Professor David Solkin, Emeritus Professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Dr Lucy Peltz, Senior Curator, 18th Century Collections and Head of Collections Displays (Tudor to Regency), lead a tour of the major new exhibition.


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Weekend Workshop: After Gainsborough

Weekend Workshop: After Gainsborough

24 November - 25 November 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Explore techniques and ideas of Gainsborough’s working methods and practices with artist Andy Pankhurst.


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International Conference: Portraiture and Biography

International Conference: Portraiture and Biography

29 November - 30 November 2018, 00:00
Thursday 29 November 2018
14.00 - 19.30


Friday 30 November 2018
10.30 - 17.15


Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £30 (£25 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Taking the current major exhibition Gainsborough’s Family Album as a starting point, leading academics explore the how the biographical archive might play in this field of study going forward


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Members’ Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 and Gainsborough’s Family Album

Members’ Evening Private View: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 and Gainsborough’s Family Album

  • For Members

7 January 2019, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Lerner and Wolfson Galleries

Join us for an evening of these two must-see exhibitions. View the best of both worlds with portraits from the very best contemporary photographers in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 alongside portraits of the day in Gainsborough’s Family Album.

Please RSVP for this event from 1 July 2018.


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