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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Study Of A Beggar Boy Eating - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Study Of A Beggar Boy Eating
Mr and Mrs William Hallett ('The Morning Walk')  1785 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mr and Mrs William Hallett ('The Morning Walk') 1785
Mrs. John Taylor - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mrs. John Taylor
Captain William Wade - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Captain William Wade
The Painters Daughters Mary and Margaret - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
The Painters Daughters Mary and Margaret
The Cottage Door 2 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
The Cottage Door 2
Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland
Cattle Beside a River - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Cattle Beside a River
Study of a Cow in a Landscape - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Study of a Cow in a Landscape
Mrs Graham - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mrs Graham
A Country Cart crossing a Ford - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
A Country Cart crossing a Ford
Lady Alston - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Lady Alston

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