Thomas Gainsborough ( 1727-1788) was a life-long painter who loved creating magnificent landscapes but found they didn’t sell well. Instead, he paid the bills with portraits until he started combining the two into unique portraits with idealistic landscapes in the background. This made him England’s most famous portrait painter and the King and Queen’s favorite artist.
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Gainsborough printed accurate, but still flattering portraits and is known for his pleasant and sincere personality.
He loved to play music and taught himself several instruments.
Things We Mention
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- Episode 13- Art History
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