Twelve paintings on glass, and Gainsborough's Show Box including Open Landscape with Peasants, Cows, Sheep, Cottages and Pool (main illustration) and Cottage in Moonlight (second illustration).
Collection of Paintings on Glass by Thomas Gainsborough, 17271788
© V&A Picture Library
- Oil on glass
- 28 x 34 cm
- Acquired in:
- Bequeathed by:
- Ernest Edward Cook through The Art Fund
The box is a unique survivor of late 18th century experimental art. The box has moveable glass plates painted by Gainsborough which were lit by candles at the back of the box and viewed through a magnifying glass.