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Title

A wooded landscape with a figure seated by a pool

circa 1786


Artist

Thomas Gainsborough

England

1727 - 02 Aug 1788


About

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.


Details


Other Titles

Landscape with figure and trees

A wooded landscape with a figure seated near a pool


Date

circa 1786


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black chalk and stump, heightened with white on blue paper


Dimensions

18.0 x 21.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Parramore Purchase Fund 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

31.1995


Artist information

Thomas Gainsborough

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, `Rococo landscape', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1995, 2, 6.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, col illus p 83.