attributed to Thomas Gainsborough

A Cottage, Cart, Horsemen, Etc.

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Attributed to Thomas Gainsborough 1727–1788
Graphite and chalk on paper
Support: 189 × 258 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Gainsborough's drawing style and subject matter have much been imitated by other artists, making attribution of this drawing difficult. The identification of the media used here is also difficult: it has the greyness of charcoal but also the hardness, striations and scratches most common with black chalk. The artist has worked quickly using long diagonal strokes broadly over the sheet to suggest the trees and foreground areas. In defining the cart with denser chalk lines he has evoked the motion of the wheel.

Gallery label, September 2004

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