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Author Solkin, David H, author, curator. Author. Curator.

Title Gainsborough's family album / David H. Solkin, with Ann Bermingham and Susan Sloman.

Publication Info. London : National Portrait Gallery, [2018]


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Description 190 pages : color illustrations, color portraits, genealogical table ; 29 cm
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Note Published to accompany the exhibition Gainsborough's family album, held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 22 November 2018 to 3 February 2019, and Princeton University Art Museum, 23 February to 9 June 2019.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 186) and index.
Contents Director's foreword -- Curator's foreword -- Chronology -- The Gainsborough family tree -- Private and public relations : Gainsborough's family album / David H. Solkin -- Daughters and sisters : Gainsborough's portraits of Mary and Margaret / Ann Bermingham -- Women of consequence : Mrs Gainsborough and Mrs Gibbon -- The family album. London & Suffolk 1727-1758/9 ; Bath 1759-1774 ; London 1774-1788.
Summary "I am sick of Portraits and wish very much to take up my Viol da Gamba and walk off to some sweet village when I can paint Landskips and enjoy the fag end of life in quietness and ease." Despite this famous protestation in a letter to his friend William Jackson, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was clearly prepared to make an exception when it came to making portraits of his own family and himself. This book features over 50 portraits of himself, his wife, his daughters, other close relatives and his beloved dogs, Tristram and Fox. Spanning more than four decades, Gainsborough's family portraits chart the period from the mid-1740s, when he plied his trade in his native Suffolk, to his most successful latter years at his luxuriously appointed studio in London's West End. Alongside this story of a provincial 18th-century artist's rise to fame and fortune runs a more private narrative, about the role of portraiture in the promotion of family values, at a time when these were assuming a recognizably modern form.
Subject Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788 -- Exhibitions.
Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788 -- Family -- Exhibitions.
Gainsborough family -- Portraits -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Bermingham, Ann, author. Author.
Sloman, Susan, author. Author.
Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788, artist. Artist.
National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain).
Princeton University. Art Museum.
ISBN 9781855147904 (hardback)
1855147904 (hardback)

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