Thomas GainsboroughGypsy Encampment, Sunset c.1778-80

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Artist
Thomas Gainsborough (1727‑1788)
Title
Gypsy Encampment, Sunset
Date c.1778-80
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1206 x 1505 mm frame: 1480 x 1765 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Frederick John Nettlefold 1947
Reference
N05803
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1780

Summary

In this late landscape Gainsborough returns to a theme he had first adopted in the mid-1750s, that of gypsies or peasants gathered round a camp fire. While the subject of gypsies had precedents in seventeenth-century European art, Gainsborough appears to have been the first British painter to have explored the theme in depth and made it the central focus of at least three paintings.

His first attempt was the unfinished canvas, Landscape with Gypsies (Tate N05845), believed to date from around 1753-4 and to have been commissioned by a gentleman in Ipswich. Gainsborough apparently slashed the canvas in a temper when the client claimed he did not like it… (read more)

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