Gainsborough’s Family Album at National Portrait Gallery, London

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Gainsborough’s Family Album at National Portrait Gallery, London

Featuring over fifty works from across the world, some of which have never been on display before, Gainsborough’s Family Album charts his career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune.

Image: Mary and Margaret Gainsborough (fragment), the Artist’s Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1760-1 Image Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Bequeathed by John Forster

 

Family portraits are a constant presence in modern life. Foreshadowing this, Thomas Gainsborough was the first British artist to make a regular practice of painting and drawing himself and his family members. Comprising some of his best loved works, this exhibition will explore how these portraits not only expressed his affections but also helped advance his career.

 

Mary and Margaret Gainsborough, the Artist’s Daughters by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1760-1 Image Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Bequeathed by John Forster

 

Featuring over fifty works from across the world, some of which have never been on display before, Gainsborough’s Family Album charts his career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune.

 

Exhibition 'Gainsborough’s Family Album'

National Portrait Gallery, London

Until 3 February 2019

 

 

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