Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Wooded Landscape with Herdsmen and Cows, mid– to late 1780s
    Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727–1788)
    Aquatint, printed in brown ink; Plate: 11 1/16 x 13 3/4 in. (28.1 x 34.9 cm)
    The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949 (49.95.59)

    Most famous for his dashing portraits of eighteenth-century worthies, Gainsborough was also a highly skilled printmaker who in his late career experimented with the "sugar-lift" aquatint medium (named after the sugar and Indian ink solution used to draw on the plate). The subject of grazing cows in a sun-struck sylvan setting was most likely influenced by seventeenth-century Dutch pastorals.

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  • Wooded Landscape with Herdsmen and Cows, mid- to late 1780s
    Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727–1788)
    Aquatint, printed in brown ink; Plate: 11 1/16 x 13 3/4 in. (28.1 x 34.9 cm)
    The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949 (49.95.59)

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