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Thomas Gainsborough
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Gainsborough c.1758–1759

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(Baptised Sudbury, Suffolk, 14 May 1727; died London, 2 August 1788). English painter (of portraits, landscapes, and fancy pictures), draughtsman and occasional printmaker, one of the most individual geniuses in British art. He showed artistic talent from an early age and around 1740 (aged about 13) he moved to London, where he studied with Gravelot and perhaps also with Hayman. In 1748 he returned to Sudbury and in 1752 he set up as a portrait painter in Ipswich, the largest town in the county.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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