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The letters of Thomas Gainsborough

Author: Thomas Gainsborough; John T Hayes
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Once described as 'brilliant but eccentric ... too licentious to be published,' Gainsborough's letters delighted his friends and they delight us. This book gathers together all the known letters by the illustrious eighteenth-century British painter and connects them with a narrative of Gainsborough's life that gives the correspondence a biographical coherence." "The letters reveal a man who was generous and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough; Thomas Gainsborough
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Gainsborough; John T Hayes
ISBN: 0300087322 9780300087321
OCLC Number: 45854422
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxx, 209 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: Correspondence
Responsibility: edited by John Hayes.

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"Once described as 'brilliant but eccentric ... too licentious to be published,' Gainsborough's letters delighted his friends and they delight us. This book gathers together all the known letters by the illustrious eighteenth-century British painter and connects them with a narrative of Gainsborough's life that gives the correspondence a biographical coherence." "The letters reveal a man who was generous and warm-hearted, devoted to his family and friends, convivial, often dissipated yet modest and God-fearing, usually sensible in his own affairs and always so in the advice he gave to others. We also learn a great deal about Gainsborough's painting: his methods and techniques, his attitude toward portraiture and landscape, his relationships with his patrons, the prices he charged, his concern about how his pictures were hung, and his ambivalence about the value of the Royal Academy exhibitions. Running through the letters, too, is his love of music and his friendship with musicians." "The 110 letters, which include correspondence with Gainsborough's friends and relative, are supplemented by 37 documents in the artist's own hand, chiefly instructions to his bankers and receipts for payments from clients. Illustrations are included of all the people to whom Gainsborough wrote whose portraits exist and of friends and works of art described in the letters."--BOOK JACKET.

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