Gainsborough in London by Susan Sloman
It was said of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) that, “though he is a shy man he knows he is one of the first geniuses in Europe”
Philip Thicknesse, 1773
This beautiful coffee table book Gainsborough in London looks at the last phase of the painter’s life. It covers a period of about fifteen years and rather than a biography, instead a collection of thematic explorations of the artist’s career based on a re-examination of the paintings, drawing and prints and the unearthing of new documents.
Whilst portraiture took him to the top of his profession, landscape was always his first love, and in London he remained dedicated as ever to imaginative landscape drawing and painting. His ability to paint portraits and landscape with equal success set him apart from most English artists.
28 x 23 cm
412 pages, 246 colour illustrations
Published by Modern Art Press, Ltd 2021
All purchases support Gainsborough’s House
Thomas Gainsborough’s (1727–88) London years, from 1774 to 1788, were the pinnacle and conclusion of his career. They coincided with the establishment of the Royal Academy, of which Gainsborough was a founding member, and the city’s ascendance as a centre for the arts. This is a meticulously researched and readable account of how Gainsborough designed his home and studio and maintained a growing schedule of influential patrons, making a place for himself in the art world of late-18th-century London.
Susan Sloman is an independent scholar and curator.
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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