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Wooded Landscape with Herdsmen and Cows

Artist:
Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)
Publisher:
Republished by John & Josiah Boydell (London)
Date:
August 1, 1797
Medium:
Aquatint, printed in brown ink
Dimensions:
plate: 10 7/8 x 13 11/16 in. (27.6 x 34.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.95.59
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.



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