In Focus


We are grateful to Mark Bills and Gainsborough’s House for their encouragement and support for this In Focus, to Dr John Chu for his development of this research, and to Dr Huw David, Rebecca Hellen, Alexandra Gent, Dr Hannah French and Dr Peter Moore for their valuable contributions to the project.

John Chu would like to thank Martin Myrone, Lead Curator, British Art to 1800, Tate; the anonymous peer reviewer of the manuscript; Eliseo Heredia and Dan Crompton in Tate’s Audio Visual department; and the staff at the Tate Prints and Drawings Rooms.

This In Focus was sponsored by Christie’s, who have generously provided funding for collection research at Tate. For further information and to read other publications from the programme, visit the project page.

Dr John Chu, Assistant Curator – Pictures and Sculpture, National Trust
Dr Huw T. David, Director of Development, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
Rebecca Hellen, Paintings Conservator, Tate
Alexandra Gent, Paintings Conservator, Tate and Courtauld Institute of Art
Dr Hannah French, musicologist and baroque flautist, Royal Academy of Music
Dr Peter Moore, Research Curator, Gainsborough’s House

Series editor: Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research, Tate
Project editor: Celia White, Collection Research Editor, Tate
Digital editor: Susannah Worth, Digital Editor (Research), Tate

ISBN 978-1-84976-534-3