Gainsborough

A Portrait

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Author: James Hamilton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474600530

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today. In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace. There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

Thomas Gainsborough

A Biography 1727-1788

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Author: Isabelle Worman,Thomas Gainsborough

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Painters

Page: 148

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, England, one of nine children of John and Susannah Gainsborough. He became a famous portrait and landscape artist, living in Ipswich, Bath, and London. He married Margaret Burr in 1746.

Thomas Gainsborough

a country life

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Author: Hugh Belsey,Thomas Gainsborough

Publisher: Prestel Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 96

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This new study on Thomas Gainsborough concentrates on the early life and works of the great eighteenth-century artist. Gainsborough?s talent was evident at a young age, and before he established himself as one of London?s leading portrait artists he was able to indulge himself in his true passion, landscapes, as well as providing portraits for a provincial clientele.

Gainsborough's Vision

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Author: Amal Asfour,Dr Paul Williamson,Paul Williamson

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9780853238744

Category: Art

Page: 325

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Thomas Gainsborough, one of the most popular British painters, has been celebrated as a landscapist, a portrait painter, and a man of feeling whose impetuous character is revealed in his art, life and letters. This book reveals that the style, themes and ideas of Gainsborough’s paintings constitute purposeful expressions of an intellectual and visual culture whose importance in the development of eighteenth-century British art has gone unrecognized. "Amal Asfour and Paul Williamson have set out to make us look more knowledgeably at the paintings of Gainsborough... their treatment is richly informative."—George Steiner, The Observer "Asfour and Williamson display a profound knowledge of 18th-century aesthetics... a highly stimulating book."—The British Art Journal

Thomas Gainsborough

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Author: William T. Whitley

Publisher: Unicorn Icons

ISBN: 9781910787571

Category: Painters

Page: 448

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 88) was the prominent English portrait and landscape painter, in the second half of the eighteenth century, who went on to become one of the founding members of the Royal Academy. He was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, the youngest son of a wool manufacturer. At the age of twenty-three he left home to study art in London. He set up his first practice in Ipswich in 1752; seven years later he moved to the newly-fashionable spa town Bath before finally settling in London in 1774 where he lived until his death in 1788. Today his paintings command the highest auction prices in art markets around the world.

The Earl and Countess Howe by Gainsborough

a bicentenary exhibition

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Author: Thomas Gainsborough,Anne French,Aileen Ribeiro,Viola Pemberton-Pigott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 96

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Hats

A History of Fashion in Headwear

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Author: Hilda Amphlett

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486136582

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 240

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An illustrated view of 2,000 years of head coverings, this engaging and literate survey features over 800 drawings depicting the headgear of both genders, all classes, and many nationalities.

Studies in Criticism and Aesthetics, 1660-1800

Essays in Honor of Samuel Holt Monk

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Author: Howard Anderson,John S. Shea

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816656943

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 428

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Studies in Criticism and Aesthetics, 1660–1800 was first published in 1967. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In this volume nineteen contributors, in as many essays, discuss various aspects of critical and aesthetic development in the late seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, from the time of Dryden to Wordsworth. This was a period in which traditional literary criticism progressed in important new directions and which saw the rise of aesthetic theory. The book is published in honor of Samuel Holt Monk, professor of English at the University of Minnesota, and distinguished American scholar in the field of eighteenth century English literature, literary criticism, and aesthetics. The essays, all of which were written for this volume, analyze the literary theories and assumptions of some of the most important artists and critics of the time, as well as the aesthetic theories which influenced painting and literature. During the period under discussion, the progress of social and philosophical thought stimulated an intensive examination of the nature and function of art. Although neoclassical ideals dominated Restoration criticism and continued to influence Pope and later critics like Johnson and Reynolds, other tendencies were gaining ground, and throughout the eighteenth century the effort to reconcile a growing interest in "the pleasing emotions" with the tenets of classicism created criticism and aesthetic theory of extraordinary complexity. These essays illuminate that complexity without oversimplifying it. The book is illustrated with reproductions of works of art of the period. In addition to the essays, there is a bibliography of Professor Monk's writings.

National Portrait Gallery Mid-Georgian Portraits, 1760-1790

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Author: National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain),John Ingamells

Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications

ISBN: 9781855145191

Category: Art

Page: 588

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This catalogue includes such famous figures as David Garrick and Dr Samuel Johnson, Sarah Siddons and Emma Hamilton, and the work of such artists as Gainsborough, Reynolds and Romney. It has been compiled by one of the leading authorities on 18th-century English portraiture, John Ingamells.

Kenwood, Paintings in the Iveagh Bequest

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Author: Julius Bryant

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300102062

Category: Art

Page: 433

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Set high on a ridge in historic parkland less than five miles from Trafalgar Square, Kenwood is London's favourite 'country house'. Remodelled by Robert Adam in the eighteenth century, in 1928 it became the home of the Iveagh Bequest, a superb collection of old master paintings that includes Rembrandt's most celebrated self-portrait, the only Vermeer in England outside the National Gallery and the Royal Collection, Gainsborough's Countess Howe, and classic works by Reynolds, Romney, Lawrence and Turner. The collection was formed between 1887 and 1891 by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, Chairman of the world's leading brewery, who gave it to the nation with the house and estate. This book is published to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the opening of the Iveagh Bequest and is the first new catalogue of the collection to be produced in fifty years. It discusses each work, revealing the personalities behind the faces in the portraits, the social circumstances of each commission, and the way that art met the ambitions of artists, patrons, sitters and collectors. There are also two introductory essays that provide context for the house and discuss the ways in which Lord Iveagh was a pioneer collector. Beautifully produced, this catalogue of paintings is the essential book on Kenwood.

Gainsborough: Masterpieces in Colour

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Author: Maria Tsaneva

Publisher: Maria Tsaneva

ISBN: 6050366918

Category: Art

Page: N.A

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape artist, the most versatile English painter of the 18th century. He was the most inventive and original, always prepared to experiment with new ideas and techniques. Gainsborough alone among the great portrait painters of the era also devoted serious attention to landscapes. Unlike Reynolds, he was no great believer in an academic tradition and laughed at the fashion for history painting; an instinctive painter, he delighted in the poetry of paint. In his racy letters Gainsborough shows a warm-hearted and generous character and an independent mind. His comments on his own work and methods, as well as on some of the old masters, are very revealing and throw considerable light on contemporary views of art. Gainsborough was noted for the speed with which he applied paint, and he worked more from observations of nature than from application of formal academic rules. The poetic sensibility of his paintings caused Constable to say, "On looking at them, we find tears in our eyes and know not what brings them." His later work was characterized by a light palette and easy, economical strokes.

Pastel Portraits

Images of 18th-century Europe

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Author: Katharine Baetjer,Marjorie Shelley,Metropolitan museum of art (New York, N.Y.).

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588394239

Category: Pastel drawing

Page: 56

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Gainsborough:Master Drawings

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Author: Blagoy Kiroff

Publisher: Blagoy Kiroff

ISBN: 6051763228

Category: Art

Page: N.A

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) was an English portrait and landscape artist, the most versatile English painter of the 18th century. He was the most inventive and original, always prepared to experiment with new ideas and techniques. Gainsborough alone among the great portrait painters of the era also devoted serious attention to landscapes. Unlike Reynolds, he was no great believer in an academic tradition and laughed at the fashion for history painting; an instinctive painter, he delighted in the poetry of paint. In his racy letters Gainsborough shows a warm-hearted and generous character and an independent mind. His comments on his own work and methods, as well as on some of the old masters, are very revealing and throw considerable light on contemporary views of art. Gainsborough was noted for the speed with which he applied paint, and he worked more from observations of nature than from application of formal academic rules. The poetic sensibility of his paintings caused Constable to say, "On looking at them, we find tears in our eyes and know not what brings them." His later work was characterized by a light palette and easy, economical strokes.

The Language of Grace

Flannery O' Connor, Walker Percy, and Iris Murdoch - Seabury Classics

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Author: Peter S. Hawkins

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1596280182

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Hawkins explores both traditional and contemporary ways grace has been handled in literature. The traditional representation of grace is explained using, among other things, the parables of Jesus. Then he turns to more contemporary literature, including O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find, Percy's The Second Coming, and Murdoch's A Word Child. Through these novels and short stories, Hawkins highlights the impoverishment of spirit and imagination when religious language fails us. He presents three writers struggling to bridge the gap between ourselves and those mysterious realities we can no longer talk about.

Thomas Gainsborough

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Author: Martin Postle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Portrait painting, British

Page: 80

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Martin Postle reassesses Gainsborough's attitudes towards the central aspects of his art: landscape and portraiture. This book also examines the impact upon his career of the Royal Academy and the Court of St James's.

Getty and Hitler

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Author: Grant MacDonald

Publisher: GETTY and HITLER

ISBN: 1450577601

Category: True Crime

Page: 104

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J. Paul Getty; FBI File 100.1202, June 26, 1940, Espionage. 2003 documents declassified by UK Warfare Ministry reveal that in Oct. 1941 the pro-Nazi Jean Paul Getty employed and lodged Nazis at his Pierre Hotel in New York City; Nazis who were involved in spying on and sabotaging Allied Forces' war production plants. 43,000 people were killed in the UK while J. Paul Getty was in Berlin still shipping oil to Hitler five months before Pearl Harbor ... December 7, 1941. J.P. Getty was investing in German government bonds. As aristocrats with treasures of art were executed -- beginning in 1933 -- with the outbreak of war; Getty assiduously added to his vast collection with the Nazis.