Sketch of a tree which, having fallen some time ago, continues to sprout branches.
Fallen Tree by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1754
© Gainsborough's House
- Pencil on paper
- 14.3 x 18.4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £13,400 ( Total: £28,000)
- Acquired in:
The artist pays particular attention to the exposed root structure, which is zoomorphically drawn to suggest a monstrous open mouth. Farm buildings are shown behind. Fallen trees were a favourite foreground motif in the landscapes of those seventeenth century Dutch artists Gainsborough most admired. A similar tree is used in his work 'Wooded River Landscape' of 1754-56.
Margaret Gainsborough; ... ; Stanhope Shelton; private collection; Christie's 2000; Andrew Wyld; Agnew's