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Gainsborough
William Vaughan
050020358X
June 2002
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Book Description
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) is one of the most appealing English artists of the eighteenth century. Renowned for such elegant portraits as The Blue Boy and Countess Howe, he also pioneered a new form of landscape with a moody sensibility that prefigured the Romantic movement. A brilliant draftsman, his art is full of inventiveness and visual delight. Drawing upon recently discovered material, William Vaughan provides a fresh perspective on both the life and art of this master. He shows how closely Gainsborough's innovative manner can be connected to social and political developments in Britain, in particular the celebration of original genius in a time of burgeoning entrepreneurial commercialism. Above all, he demonstrates how, beneath the artist's charm, there lay a bedrock of shrewd observation and pictorial...


The Art of Thomas Gainsborough
Michael Rosenthal
0300081375
March 2000
Hardcover
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Jenny Uglow, Sunday Times
"Rosenthal's fine study allows us to appreciate both the beauty and complexity of [Gainsborough's] art and its enduring modernity."

Day by Day
"This interesting, carefully researched book is revealing about London and provincial art worlds..."

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The Letters of Thomas Gainsborough
John Hayes
0300087322
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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Thomas Gainsborough: 1727-1788
Michael Rosenthal (Editor)
0810944405
April 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Eighteenth-century portraitist and landscape artist Thomas Gainsborough's most recent retrospective reaffirms for a new generation his sturdy place in the mainstream of British art history. Born in Sudbury in 1727, Gainsborough went to London to study (first as a silversmith), where he ran with the smart set but struggled to sell work. Commissions grew when he moved to Ipswich, but with money still a problem, he and his family moved to Bath, where he matured as an artist, painting-and socializing with-fashionable society. When he returned to London in 1774, his career as a courtier-artist in the tradition of William Hogarth was cemented. His work, Titian-like in its scrum of brushwork, was notable for its technical virtuosity, somehow resolving from mottled skeins of color close up into precise, naturalist shapes...


Gainsborough: Colour Library
Nicola Kalinsky
0714831786
September 1995
Paperback
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Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough
048642894X
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Major exhibitions in London, Washington, and Boston in 2003 will focus attention on and boost public interest in Gainsborough, one of England's greatest eighteenth-century painters. This unique collection presents 16 of his most famous works--including the enormously popular "The Blue Boy"—as stickers. Ideal for dozens of decorative uses. Dover Original.


Thomas Gainsborough
Martin J. Postle
0691114595
February 2003
Paperback
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Book Description

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), admired for his grand society portraits and sumptuous pastoral landscapes, is the most perennially popular of British artists. In his life as in his art, Gainsborough sought to project an image of effortless accomplishment, demonstrated by a dazzling painting technique and immense personal charm. He was also competitive, opinionated, and financially astute. Because he was among the most innovative and enigmatic artists of his age, the true nature of his achievement is at once greatly appreciated and insufficiently understood.

This illustrated introduction to the artist and his work traces Gainsborough's career from his boyhood in rural Suffolk to the pinnacle of commercial success at the court of George III. Martin Postle examines the tremendous impact on Gainsborough's career of...



The Paintings of Thomas Gainsborough
Malcolm Cormack
0521382416
Feb 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is the first introduction to the art and life of Thomas Gainsborough to appear for many years. Gainsborough has long been an attractive and popular figure in the history of English art, but this book shows that he was more than the well-known painter of The Blue Boy and the perennial rival to Joshua Reynolds. His role as a prototype for the modern idea of "the artist as Romantic" is discussed, while his deep knowledge of the art of the past is revealed to demonstrate his eclectic yet individual reworking of older styles. An introduction and seventy-five carefully selected paintings and drawings explain Gainsborough's life and art and his important role in the development of an independent English school. Both text and illustrations provide a unique up-to-date and perceptive survey that will be of interest to the...


Paintings of Thomas Gainsborough
Malcolm Cormack
0521388872
February 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
This is the first introduction to the art and life of Thomas Gainsborough to appear for many years. Gainsborough has long been an attractive and popular figure in the history of English art, but this book shows that he was more than the well-known painter of The Blue Boy and the perennial rival to Joshua Reynolds. His role as a prototype for the modern idea of "the artist as Romantic" is discussed, while his deep knowledge of the art of the past is revealed to demonstrate his eclectic yet individual reworking of older styles. An introduction and seventy-five carefully selected paintings and drawings explain Gainsborough's life and art and his important role in the development of an independent English school. Both text and illustrations provide a unique up-to-date and perceptive survey that will be of interest to the...


Thomas Gainsborough: 24 Cards
Thomas Gainsborough
0486428931
June 2003
Other Format
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Book Description
A favorite painter of the British aristocracy, Gainsborough became wealthy through commissions for portraits characterized by the noble and refined grace of the figures and by cool and fresh colors. This lovely collection includes 24 reproductions in miniature of his finest works, among them Lady Innes (ca. 1758-09), The Harvest Wagon (1767), and his famous The Blue Boy (ca. 1770). Ideal for sending brief messages to art-loving friends, these cards can also be framed or simply added to a personal collection. Captions.


Gainsborough's Beautiful Mrs. Graham
Hugh Belsey
1903278384
March 2003
Paperback
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Sensation and Sensibility: Viewing Gainsborough's "Cottage Door"
Ann Bermingham (Editor)
0300110022
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Late in his career Thomas Gainsborough became preoccupied with the theme of the cottage door, and he created a group of paintings and drawings that show rustic figures clustered around the open door of a cottage set in a deeply wooded landscape. Often seen as exemplars of the rural idyll, these works were among the first landscape paintings to reflect the eighteenth-century aesthetic of sensibility. As a way of seeing, sensibility valued nature for its innocence and simplicity, and images, such as Gainsborough’s cottage subjects, for their power to move the viewer.
This lovely book brings together the cottage door paintings and essays that discuss Gainsborough’s departure from the more naturalistic style of his earlier career and that place his new concern with sentimentalism and artificiality in the...


Best Loved Paintings
Robert R. Wark
0873281705
Jan 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
This handsome gift volume reveals the stories behind the Huntington's best-known paintings, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and Pinkie by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Purchased by Henry E. Huntington in the 1920s, the two masterpieces have resided together in the railroad magnate's mansion-turned-art gallery in San Marino, California, for more than seventy years. Who were the children in these paintings and why did these leading artists choose them as subjects? These and many other intriguing questions are answered by renowned art historian Robert R. Wark. Sixteen color plates feature Pinkie and the Blue Boy as well as other related paintings.

About the Author
Robert R. Wark is the former Curator of Art of the Huntington Art Galleries. His books include Early British...


Gainsborough at Gainsborough's House
Hugh Belsey
1903470064
Feb 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Perhaps the greatest of all English artists, Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) was born in the small town of Sudbury on the river Stour in Suffolk. His house is now both a museum and a research center for Gainsborough studies. It holds an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings, prints, books, and memorabilia relating to the artist and his time. This book presents both the highlights of this collection, which has not hitherto been published, and significant new research and insights relating to Gainsborough’s art, character, and career. Works in the collection include fine examples by Gainsborough himself at all stages of his career, along with paintings and engravings by the artist’s mentors, Francis Hayman and Hubert-Francois Gravelot, and by his followers, notably his nephew Gainsborough Dupont...


Gainsborough in Canada
Ian G. Lumsden
0920674291

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