A Wooded Landscape with Cattle by a Pool and Rustics outside a Cottage by Thomas Gainsborough

This major late landscape depicts an evening at sunset in a woodland setting.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
120 x 145 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £352,243; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
1988
Vendor:
Sotheby's

It depicts a sequestered cottage, cattle, peasants and their children, with a woodman and his dog returning from labour. The whole is heightened by a brilliance of water and sky. Gainsborough may have been making a social comment about the agricultural revolution and the effect it had on those who worked the land, but it may also be seen as his own visual escape and refreshment from the social shackles of portrait painting. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Joseph Gillott, Christie's, 1872; Agnew's; Kirkman D.Hodgson; R.K.Hodgson, sale Agnew's, 1889; Sir Edward Guinness, later 1st Earl of Iveagh; by descent to Walter Guiness, 1st Lord Moyne; by descent to present owner.

Venue details

Gainsborough's House 46 Gainsborough Street, SUDBURY Suffolk CO10 2EU 01787 372 958 www.gainsborough.org

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