A beautifully designed A5 Sketchbook featuring ‘Study for a portrait of Ann Ford (Detail)’ Thomas Gainsborough c.1760.
This is the study for ‘Portrait of Ann Ford’ – Thomas Gainsborough c.1760.
The painting was specifically made to show off Gainsborough’s expertise in painting portraits, which was later intended to be hung up in Gainsborough’s showroom in Bath. Despite Ann Ford being a controversial figure, Gainsborough did not fail to impress others as the final piece became a memorable and influential image for British Portraitists in the late 18th and throughout the 19th century.
14.9 x 21.1cm
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Gainsborough's House is in the heart of Suffolk, in Sudbury, and the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough – one of the great figures of British and World Art history, renowned not only in his advancement of portraiture to a higher level but also in being one of the founders of the British School of landscape painting.
A bricked Georgian Grade-I listed house with an intimate walled garden featuring a 400 year old Mulberry Tree, in 2019, the Gainsborough’s House Society received an investment of £10m to upgrade and ‘revive the artist’s birthplace’. On 21 November 2022, the museum re-opened to the public after a transformational refurbishment. The museum is the international centre for Thomas Gainsborough and is now the largest gallery in Suffolk.
Visitors can view the family house, the new gallery spaces, examples of Gainsborough’s work, alongside specialist exhibitions and the famed garden and Mulberry Tree dating to the early 1600s. The space also has a cafe and visitor’s shop.
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