A Titan of England's early baroque era
Like his rival Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was known primarily as a Classicist/Baroque portraitist, but at least Gainsborough could be original.
Too bad his tastes ran to Rococo pastels, frothy feathered brushwork, and busy compositions.
When not immortalizing noble patrons, he painted quite a collection of landscapes just for himself.
Gainsborough's works grace:
- National Gallery, London
- National Portrait Gallery, London
- Hampton Court Palace, London
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
- Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (where Gainsborough first came to fame)
- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
- Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
- Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Selected works by Thomas Gainsborough in England
Giovanna Baccelli (1782) Thomas Gainsborough in the Tate Britain, London
Portrait of Louisa, Lady Clarges (1778) by Thomas Gainsborough in the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Portrait of Mrs. Margaret Gainsborough (1778) by Thomas Gainsborough in the Courtauld Gallery, London