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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Haymaker and Sleeping Girl  (Mushroom Girl)  1785 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Haymaker and Sleeping Girl (Mushroom Girl) 1785
Mr and Mrs Andrews 1748-49 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mr and Mrs Andrews 1748-49
The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 1755-56 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 1755-56
An Officer of the 4th Regiment of Foot - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
An Officer of the 4th Regiment of Foot
Portrait Of Colonel John Bullock - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait Of Colonel John Bullock
Gainsborough Dupont - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Gainsborough Dupont
Herdsmen Driving Cattle towards a Post - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Herdsmen Driving Cattle towards a Post
River Landscape 1768-70 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
River Landscape 1768-70
Portrait of Mrs. Sarah Siddons - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait of Mrs. Sarah Siddons
Six studies of a cat 1765-70 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Six studies of a cat 1765-70
Cattle crossing a bridge - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Cattle crossing a bridge
Portrait of French dancer Auguste Vestris - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait of French dancer Auguste Vestris

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