Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing - the exhibition catalogue from The Morgan Library and Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing

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'A draftsman of rare ability who extended the traditional boundaries of drawing technique ... outstanding' - Fine Books & Collections Magazine

A handsome book exploring Gainsborough's work as a draftsman

This book accompanies an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing offers an overview of his work as a draftsman, with a particular look at his technical innovations and his mastery of materials. 

Celebrated as the most notable portrait and landscape painter of Georgian England, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was also a brilliant and experimental draftsman. 

William Jackson, one of Gainsborough’s closest friends and biographers, noted that if he had “to rest his [Gainsborough] reputation on one point, it should be on his Drawings”. Gainsborough was indeed a draftsman of rare talent and creativity, and his experiments in drawing inspired an entire generation of British artists, from John Constable (1776–1837) to J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851). When not occupied with his lucrative portrait business, Gainsborough devoted much of his time to his true passion, the depiction of landscapes, and more than 600 of the artist’s approximately 800 surviving drawings depict the British countryside.

  • Author: Marco Simone Bolzoni, Curatorial Fellow at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York
  • Paperback: 84 pages | 80 colour illustrations
  • Date published: April 2018
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1911300458
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 21.0 cm

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