Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)
Republished by John & Josiah Boydell (London)
August 1, 1797
Aquatint, printed in brown ink
plate: 10 7/8 x 13 11/16 in. (27.6 x 34.7 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Not on view
Most famous for his dashing portraits of eighteenth-century society figures, Gainsborough was also a highly skilled printmaker who in his late career experimented with the "sugar-lift" aquatint medium—named after a sugar and ink solution used to draw on the plate that later dissolves when immersed in water. The subject of grazing cows in a sun-struck sylvan setting recalls seventeenth-century Dutch pastorals.
Signature: Designed and Engraved by Thos. Gainsborough
Inscription: Pub. as the Act directs Aug.1.1797, by J.&J. Boydell No.90 Cheapside, & the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall
Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 28, 2003–July 27, 2003.
Hayes 20; Woodall 2
John T. Hayes Gainsborough as Printmaker. 1971, cat. no. 20.
Artist: Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)Date: ca. 1770Medium: Black chalk, pen and black ink, blue and brown washes, heightened with white gouacheAccession: 1972.118.291On view in:Not on view