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Wooded Landscape With Mounted Peasants

Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727-1788)


Gainsborough's imaginative and experimental exploration of landscape culminated in 1772 when he created this large, crayon-like drawing "in imitation of oil painting." In defiance of conventional distinctions between drawing and painting, Gainsborough developed an entirely new technique. He glued six sheets of paper together, drew on them with India ink and lead white, fixed the drawing with skim milk, mounted it on canvas, colored it with gouache, and then varnished it.

I'm Sick of Portraits, and wish very much to take my Viol da Gamba and walk off to some sweet Village, where I can paint Landskips and enjoy the fag End of Life in quietness and ease.
-Thomas Gainsborough, 1772

Object Information

artist
Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727-1788)
creation date
1772
materials
ink, lead white, and gouache on paper mounted on canvas
dimensions
39 1/2 x 50 3/8 in.
accession number
54.99
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors