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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Georgiana Spencer afterwards Duchess of Devonshire - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Georgiana Spencer afterwards Duchess of Devonshire
Portrait of Mrs. Sarah Siddons - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Portrait of Mrs. Sarah Siddons
A Herdsman with Cattle on the Outskirts of a Village - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
A Herdsman with Cattle on the Outskirts of a Village
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
Cornard Wood - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Cornard Wood
A Lady Walking in a Garden with a Child - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
A Lady Walking in a Garden with a Child
Open Landscape with Mounted Peasants - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Open Landscape with Mounted Peasants
Landscape in Suffolk c. 1750 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Landscape in Suffolk c. 1750
Bumper a Bull Terrier - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Bumper a Bull Terrier
Lady Ligonier - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Lady Ligonier
Lieutenant. Colonel Edmund Nugent - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Lieutenant. Colonel Edmund Nugent

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