All 12 surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters are brought together for the first time as part of a major new exhibition.

The portraits of Gainsborough's daughters, which trace their development from playful young children to fashionable adults, include such famous images as The Artist’s Daughters chasing a Butterfly (c1756) and The Artist’s Daughters with a Cat (c1760-1).

They are displayed alongside rarely seen paintings, such as the double full-length portrait of Mary and Margaret Gainsborough as sumptuously-dressed young women (c1774).

Featuring over 50 works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of one of Britain’s greatest artists.

The exhibition will include a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK, including an early portrait of the artist’s father John Gainsborough (c1746-8) and a drawing of Thomas and his wife Margaret’s pet dogs, Tristram and Fox.

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