Thomas Gainsborough

1727 Born in Sudbury, Suffolk.

1733 Gainsborough’s father, a clothier, is declared bankrupt.

c1740 Trains in London with a French artist named Gravelot. Possibly works with Francis Hayman decorating supper-boxes at Vauxhall pleasure gardens.

1746 Marries Margaret Burr.

1748 His father dies and he returns to Sudbury.

1752 Moves to Ipswich.

1759 Finds it difficult to make a living in Ipswich and consequently moves to Bath.

1768 Founder member of the Royal Academy.

1774 Gainsborough moves with his family to London.

1784 Quarrels with the Royal Academy over the issue of where to hang some of his portraits of royalty.

1788 Dies in London.


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Thomas Gainsborough - Selected Works

c1740 Conversation in a Park, Paris, Musée du Louvre

c1748 Portrait of the Artist with his Wife and Daughter, London, National Gallery

c1749 Mr and Mrs Andrews, London, National Gallery

c1750 Landscape in Suffolk, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1755 John Plampin, London, National Gallery

1756 The Painter's Daughters chasing a Butterfly, London, National Gallery

1760 Ann Ford (Mrs Philip Thicknesse), Cincinnati, Art Museum

1761 The Painter's Daughters with a Cat, London, National Gallery

1762 Lady Alston, Paris, Musée du Louvre

c1764 Mary, Countess Howe, London, Kenwood House

c1767 The Harvest Wagon, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

1770 Portrait of Dr Ralph Schomberg, London, National Gallery

c1770 The Blue Boy (Jonathan Buttall), San Marino, CA, Huntington Library and Art Gallery

1772 The Linley Sisters, London, Dulwich Picture Gallery

1773 Landscape with Cattle, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art

c1775 Lady in Blue (Duchess of Beaufort), St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1777 The Watering Place, London, National Gallery

1778 Portrait of James Christie, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum

1781 Mrs Robinson 'Perdita’, London, Wallace Collection

1781 King George III, London, Royal Collection

1782 Giovanna Baccelli, London, Tate

1783 The Mall in St James‰’s Park, New York, Frick Collection

1785 Mrs Siddons, London, National Gallery

c1785 Mr And Mrs William Hallett (The Morning Walk), London, National Gallery

1787 The Marsham Children, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

Thomas Gainsborough - Featured Paintings

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