Self-Portrait 1787 - Thomas Gainsborough
Self-Portrait 1787

Thomas Gainsborough (christened 14 May 1727 - died 2 August 1788) was one of the most famous portrait and landscape painters of 18th century Britain.

Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. His father was a weaver involved with the wool trade. At the age of thirteen he impressed his father with his pencilling skills so that he let him go to London to study art in 1740. In London he first trained under engraver Hubert Gravelot but eventually became associated with William Hogarth and his school.

One of his mentors was Francis Hayman. In those years he contributed to the decoration of what is now the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children and the supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens.


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Mountain Landscape with a Drover and a Packhorse - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mountain Landscape with a Drover and a Packhorse
Landscape With Sandpit 1746-1747 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Landscape With Sandpit 1746-1747
John 10th Viscount Kilmorey 1768 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
John 10th Viscount Kilmorey 1768
Figures before a Cottage - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Figures before a Cottage
Study for a Group Portrait of a Musical Party - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Study for a Group Portrait of a Musical Party
View near the Coast - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
View near the Coast
Portrait of Molly and Peggy with drawing tools - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait of Molly and Peggy with drawing tools
Portrait of an Angel after Sir Anthony van Dyck - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait of an Angel after Sir Anthony van Dyck
The Rev John Chafy Playing a Cello - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
The Rev John Chafy Playing a Cello
A wooded landscape with shepherd and sheep - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
A wooded landscape with shepherd and sheep
Philip Jakob de Loutherberg - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Philip Jakob de Loutherberg
Portrait of Elizabeth Blacker (1739-1822) - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait of Elizabeth Blacker (1739-1822)

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