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Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788

Born in Sudbury, England, an English painter, one of the greatest masters of the English school in portraiture and landscape. Gainsborough painted more than 300 paintings including 220 portraits.

Gainsborough began to learn the style of this art from the Dutch 17th century landscapists, and Jan Wynants influenced his first landscapes. In his earlier days he made a practice of copying works by Van Dyck, Titian, Rubens, Teniers, Hobbema, Claude and some others.

Thomas Gainsborough 

In 1759 Gainsborough moved to Bath, where his studio was soon thronged with fashionable sitters. Throughout the 1760s he exhibited regularly in London. In 1768 was elected a foundation member of the Royal Academy. In 1774 he moved to London. In 1781 he was commissioned to paint the King and Queen.

Gainsborough was the only important English portrait painter to devote much time to landscape drawing. Of all the 18th-century English painters, Thomas Gainsborough was the most inventive and original, always prepared to experiment with new ideas and techniques.

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