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An image of A wooded landscape with a horse by Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough

(England baptised 14 May 1727 – 02 Aug 1788)

Title
A wooded landscape with a horse
Year
circa 1786
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
black chalk and stump, heightened with white on blue paper
Dimensions

17.8 x 21.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Parramore Purchase Fund 1995
Accession number
30.1995
Location
Not on display
Further information

Although he was a successful portrait painter at Bath and London, Gainsborough's passion was for landscape drawing. He sketched endlessly to find a pleasing composition in which certain simple elements – road, pool, figures, cattle, trees – recur time and time again. Gainsborough's landscape drawings, with their swaying trees, blurred outlines and soft atmospheric effect, are not so much topographical records as poetic recreations. The blue paper provides the middle tone which is modulated by black chalk and white chalk.

Bibliography (2)

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 3 (illus.), 6.

Susan Sloman, Gainsborough's landscapes, 'The mild Evening gleam', pg.61-75, 2011, 70 (illus.), 71. fig.18

Exhibition history (2)

Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006