(England baptised 14 May 1727 – 02 Aug 1788)
17.8 x 21.6 cm sheet
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.
Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, `Rococo landscape', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1995, 2, 6.
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