Gainsborough

Gainsborough A Portrait

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Publisher's Synopsis

** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer **

'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times

'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review

Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a shockingly loose, libidinous manner and a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings.

James Hamilton reveals the artist in his many contexts: the talented Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his craft in the shadow of Hogarth; the society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by charming the right people into his studio. With fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

Book information

ISBN: 9781474601061
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 759.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xviii, 420 , 24 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 352g
Height: 193mm
Width: 131mm
Spine width: 27mm