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Gainsborough, Thomaslocked

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British, 18th century, male.

Born 1727, in Sudbury (Suffolk), where he was baptised 14 May; died 2 August 1788, in London.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman. Genre scenes, portraits, landscapes with figures, animals, landscapes, waterscapes.

Thomas Gainsborough was the youngest son of John Gainsborough, a tailor and clothier. As a child, he demonstrated his artistic leanings by drawing familiar sites of natural beauty in the Suffolk region. He was sent to study under one of his uncles, but quickly showed a greater interest in drawing than in formal studies. He moved to London around 1742 and was introduced to the French painter and engraver Hubert Gravelot, who took him on as his assistant, subsequently enrolling him at St Martin’s League Academy. Gainsborough also worked with Frank Hayman, then at Hatton Garden in London, where he produced models and a number of early landscapes....

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