An image of A wooded landscape with a figure seated by a pool

Thomas Gainsborough

(England baptised 14 May 1727 – 02 Aug 1788)

A wooded landscape with a figure seated by a pool

Other titles:
Landscape with figure and trees, A wooded landscape with a figure seated near a pool
Not on display
Further information

Although he was a successful portrait painter at Bath and London, Gainsborough's passion was for landscape drawing. He sketched endlessly to find a pleasing composition in which certain simple elements – road, pool, figures, cattle, trees – recur time and time again. Gainsborough's landscape drawings, with their swaying trees, blurred outlines and soft atmospheric effect, are not so much topographical records as poetic recreations. The blue paper provides the middle tone which is modulated by black chalk and white chalk.

circa 1786
black chalk and stump, heightened with white on blue paper
18.0 x 21.5 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Parramore Purchase Fund 1995
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