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Open Landscape with Herdsman, Cows, and Sheep

Artist:
Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)
Date:
ca. 1785
Medium:
Brown chalk, washed with black ink and touched with white gouache, on buff wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 15/16 × 12 1/2 in. (25.2 × 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.282.7
Not on view
With expressive freedom, Gainsborough here uses ink wash and white gouache over chalk lines on buff paper. The artist created this work, with others of the same date, to appeal to collectors of old master drawings. Here the loose technique recalls Marco Ricci (1676–1730), and incorporates effects that Gainsborough developed while experimenting with soft-ground etching in the 1770s.
Inscription: Lower left of recto, in pen and black ink: "J. Th." (collector's mark of John Thane (Lugt #1544)).
John Thane (British, London 1748–1818); Vendor: Carfax & Co. (London), through Roger Eliot Fry
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 21, 1995–November 26, 1995.

Hayes no. 694
Roger Eliot Fry "Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, no. 12, December 1907, p. 201.

John T. Hayes The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough. Yale University Press, 2 vols., New Haven, 1971, vol. 1, no. 694, p. 268 (not reproduced).

John T. Hayes, Lindsay Stainton Gainsborough Drawings Ex. cat.: Washington DC, National Gallery of Art (Oct.-Dec., 1983); Fort Worth, Kimball Art Museum (Dec. 1983-Feb. 1984); New Haven, Yale Center for British Art (Feb.-April, 1984). Washington DC, 1983, cat. no. 76, pp. 168-9, ill.



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