Synopses & Reviews
Thomas Gainsborough was one of the most brilliant and original portrait painters of the eighteenth century, surpassing his great rival Reynolds with his ability to capture a likeness and in his superb handling of paint.
The series has always been highly regarded for its insight and authority, providing an invaluable introduction to key artists and movements in art history. Each volume contains an introductory essay, forty-eight full-page colour plates, accompanied by extensive notes, and numerous comparative illustrations in colour or black and white.
This work analyzes Gainsborough's techniques and subject matter, and explores his artistic environment, his important contemporaries and issues such as the patronage of artists in 18th-century England. It also contains a survey of Gainsborough's most famous works, including "The Blue Boy".