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Gainsborough and His Place in English Art

by Sir Walter Armstrong
London: William Heinemann; 1899
(limited to 250 copies, a reprint of the 1898 first edition from the year prior—which itself was limited to 1250 copies)

Original photogravures and some lithographic facsimiles, over 110 years old.

Sheet size: approximately 11 x 14 inches (approx. 28 x 35.5 cm).
Image size varies (noted below thumbnail image)

Please click on a thumbnail for an enlarged view. The sheet is too large to scan entirely, so only scannable portion is shown.

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788)

At age thirteen, Thomas Gainsborough arrived in London from the nearby countryside eager to become an artist. There he studied with a noted French artist and was influenced by seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painting. In his early years, Gainsborough primarily painted landscapes and worked as a restorer for art dealers. Although his true desire was to paint landscapes exclusively, portraits were in much greater demand in eighteenth-century England. As a portraitist, he was highly acclaimed and sought after by the English aristocracy for his elegant and flattering portrayals. He developed his painting style by studying the portraits by Anthony Van Dyck. In his late forties, Gainsborough settled permanently in London and became a founding member of the Royal Academy. After his death in 1788, Sir Joshua Reynolds, his contemporary and fierce rival, eulogized him thus: "If ever a nation should produce genius sufficient to acquire to us the honorable distinction of an English school, the name of Gainsborough will be transmitted to posterity, in the history of Art, among the very first of that rising name."

  Thomas Gainsborough
Gainsborough Landscape 1750-2
Landscape, 1750-2

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 8.875 x 6.875 inches

$35
Gainsborough Landscape with sheep
[Landscape with sheep]

Photogravure
[Ref: A]

Approximate image size: 8.375 x 6.875 inches

$40
Gainsborough Landscape with cattle cows
Landscape, ? 1760

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 8.375 x 6.875 inches

$40
Gainsborough Diana and Her Nymphs
Diana and Her Nymphs Surprised
by Actaeon (unfinished)

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 8.5 x 6.875 inches

$35
Gainsborough The Mall
The Mall
[in St. James's Park]

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 8.375 x 6.875 inches

$35
Gainsborough [The Harvest Wagon, 1784]
[The Harvest Wagon, 1784]

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 8.675 x 6.875 inches

$35
Gainsborough [John Hayes, St. Leger]
[John Hayes St. Leger, 1782]

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.75 x 9.5 inches

Gainsborough The Morning Walk
The Morning Walk
(Squire Hallett and his Wife)

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 7 x 9.25 inches

$40
Gainsborough Countess of Sussex and Lady Barbara Yelverton
Countess of Sussex and
Lady Barbara Yelverton

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.375 x 9.5 inches

$35
Gainsborough portrait of lady with dog

[portait—Lady and dog]

[ref. B]

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.375 x 9.5 inches

$40
The Misses Linley

The Misses Linley
(Mrs. Sheridan and Mrs. Tickell)

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.875 x 9.25 inches

$35
The Misses Linley

Mrs Mary Robinson
"Perdita"

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.125 x 9.375 inches

$40
Mrs. Beauforte

[Mrs. Beaufort]

[ref. C]

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.125 x 9.5 inches

$40
Mary, Duchess of Richmond

Mary, Duchess of Richmond

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 5.75 x 9.675 inches

$40
Mrs Sheridan

Mrs. Sheridan

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.375 x 9.5 inches

$40
Sophia Charlotte, Lady Sheffield

Sophia Charlotte, Lady Sheffield

Photogravure
[Ref. D]

Approximate image size: 6.25 x 9.5 inches

$40
Portrait of a woman

[Portrait of a woman]

Photogravure
[Ref. E]

Approximate image size: 6.875 x 9.25 inches

$30
Portrait of a woman

[Portrait of a woman]

Photogravure
[Ref. F]

Approximate image size: 6 x 9.5 inches

$30
portrait of woman

[Portrait of a woman]

Photogravure
[Ref. G]

Approximate image size: 6.75 x 10.675 inches

$40
portrait of woman

[Portrait of a woman]

Photogravure
[Ref. H]

Approximate image size: 6.125 x 9.5 inches

$40
Mrs. Siddons

[Mrs. Siddons]

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.875 x 8.875 inches

$40
Elizabeth and Thomas Linley

Elizabeth and Thomas Linley

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 7 x 8 inches

$40
The Pink Boy

The Pink Boy

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.875 x 10.25 inches

$40
The Blue Boy

The Blue Boy

Photogravure

Approximate image size: 6.875 x 10.125 inches

$50
   

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