Gainsborough’s Landscapes: Themes and Variations
24 September 2011 to 22 January 2012
This is the first exhibition in fifty years devoted solely to his landscape paintings and drawings, bringing together remarkable works from public and private collections, many of them little known and some not previously exhibited.
“I am sick of portraits and wish very much to… walk off to some sweet Village where I can paint landskips and enjoy the fag End of Life in quietness & ease.” Thomas Gainsborough
For Gainsborough, if portraiture was his business, landscape painting was his pleasure, and his landscape paintings and drawings reveal his mind at work, the extraordinary breadth of his invention and the dazzling quality of his technique.