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  • ISBN: 9780300087321
  • ISBN10: 0300087322

The Letters of Thomas Gainsborough

by John Hayes

  • List Price: $45.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/2001
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Once described as "brilliant but eccentric ... too licentious to be published", Gainsborough's letters delighted his trends and they delight us. This book gathers together all the known letters by the illustrious eighteenth-century British painter and connects them with a narrative of Gainsborough's lift that gives the correspondence a biographical coherence.

The letters reveal a man who was generous and warm-hearted, devoted to his family and friends, convivial, often dissipated yet modest and God-fearing, usually sensible in his own affairs and always so in the advice he gave to others. We also learn a great deal about Gainsborough's painting: his methods and techniques, his attitude toward portraiture and landscape, his relationships with his patrons, the prices he charged, hisconcern about how his pictures were hung, and his ambivalence about the value of the Royal Academy exhibitions. Running through the letters, too, is his love of music and his friendship with musicians. The 110 letters, which include correspondence with Gainsborough's Mends and relatives, are supplemented by thirty-six documents in the artist's own hand, chiefly instructions to his bankers and receipts for payments from clients. Illustrations are included of all the people to whom Gainsborough wrote whose portraits exist and of friends and works of art described in the letters. More than 300 notes identify these people and help to explain the text.

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