Explore Gainsborough’s remarkable portraits of theatrical men and women in this engaging talk with curator Sue Sloman. Discover the hidden patriotic undercurrents in these works and learn about how the naturalism of Gainsborough’s way of painting, and Garrick’s style of acting, differed from what had previously passed for ‘normal’ in artistic and theatrical standards.
Susan Sloman FSA is an independent scholar with an interest in the eighteenth century. She has published widely on British art. This year she is contributing to the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition on Gainsborough’s family portraits and her article identifying a portrait of Gainsborough in an American collection will feature in The British Art Journal.