Wooded Landscape with Herdsmen and Cows

Thomas Gainsborough British
Republished by John & Josiah Boydell British

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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.

Wooded Landscape with Herdsmen and Cows, Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London), Aquatint (sugar-lift process), printed in brown ink

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