Collection of Paintings on Glass by Thomas Gainsborough

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).


Details

Medium:
Oil on glass
Dimensions:
28 x 34 cm
Acquired in:
1955
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.

Provenance

EE Cook.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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