Thomas GainsboroughWooded Landscape with Herdsman and Three Cows c.1785-8

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727‑1788)
Wooded Landscape with Herdsman and Three Cows
Date c.1785-8
MediumCopper plate
Dimensionsobject: 279 x 349 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1971
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Thomas Gainsborough 1727–1788

T01422–T01432 Eleven Etched or Engraved Copper Plates circa 1775-80

Purchased from Mr Philip McQueen (Grant-in-Aid) 1971.

T01432 Wooded Landscape with Herdsman and Three Cows

Writing-engraving (in reverse): ‘Designed & Engraved by Thos. Gainsborough. the Act directs Augt. 1st. 1797, by J. & J. Boydell, N? 90, Cheapside; & at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall.’ Engraved number ‘4’ (in reverse) t.r.
Copper-plate, 11 x 13¾ (28 x 34.9).

Twenty-two original prints by Gainsborough are recorded, two of which are known from description only. The twenty-two comprise three early etchings and nineteen works of the 1770’s and 1780’s. With the exception of one mezzotint, the latter are executed in aquatint or soft-ground etching or a combination of the two. They include some of the artist’s most brilliant and inventive productions… (read more)

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