Top Ten Paintings by Thomas Gainsborough

Top Ten Paintings by Thomas Gainsborough

       Gainsborough was born in 1727 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. His father was a schoolteacher involved with the wool trade. At the age of fourteen he impressed his father with his penciling skills so that he let him go to London to study art in 1740. In London he first trained under engraver Hubert Gravelot but eventually became associated with William Hogarth and his school. One of his mentors was Francis Hayman. In those years he contributed to the decoration of what is now the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children and the supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens. In the 1740’s Gainsborough married Margaret Burr whose illegitimate father, The Duke of Beaufort, gave them a £200 annuity. His work, which was mainly composed of landscape paintings, was not selling very well. He returned to Sudbury in 1748-1749 and concentrated on the painting of portraits.

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews (1750)

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  2. Seashore With Fishermen (1782), Seascape (1781)

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  3. Duchess of Beaufort (1774), Woman in Blue (1780)

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  4. The Blue Boy (1770)

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  5. Coastal Scene – a Calm (1783)

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  6. The Three Elder Princesses (1784)

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  7. Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland (1777)

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  8. The Mall (1783)

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  9. Robert Price (1760)

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  10. Johann Christian Fischer (1780)

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  11. William Poyntz (1762)

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  12. Portrait of George III (1781)

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  13. River Landscape with Rustic Lovers (1755)

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  14. John Plampin (1753)

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  15. Self Portrait (1758)

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  16. The Cottage Door (1778)

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