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 Cow in a Landscape - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Study of a Cow in a Landscape
Conversation in a Park c. 1740 - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Conversation in a Park c. 1740
Lady Bate-Dudley - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Lady Bate-Dudley
Lord Hastings 1732-1818 Governor of India - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Lord Hastings 1732-1818 Governor of India
Richard Hurd, Bishop of Worcester - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Richard Hurd, Bishop of Worcester
Mountain Landscape with Bridge - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mountain Landscape with Bridge
Mrs Graham I - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Mrs Graham I
Gainsborough's Forest - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Gainsborough's Forest
View of Dedham - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
View of Dedham
Elizabeth and Thomas Linley - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Elizabeth and Thomas Linley
Lord Ligonier - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Lord Ligonier
Carl Friedrich Abel - Thomas Gainsborough - www.thomas-gainsborough.org
Carl Friedrich Abel

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