(Gainsborough, Thomas) (1727-1788) - Hugh Belsey: Thomas Gainsborough. The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters.
New Haven and London, Yale University Press, published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2019. 29,4 x 25 cms. x + 1-526; + viii + 527-1094 pp. Illustrated in colour throughout. With index of previous owners, index of names etc.
Two volumes. Publisher’s boards, pictorial dustjackets. In a slipcase. Very fine / as new.
Two-volume catalogue raisonné of Thomas Gainsborough’s portraits and copies of Old Masters. The catalogue lists approximately 1,100 paintings, including nearly 200 works newly attributed to the British master, as well as updated information about his subjects. Each portrait entry includes the biography of the sitter - including several newly identified - the painting's provenance, and exhibitions. Gainsborough's copies after Old Masters, painted in admiration and used to assimilate their style of painting into his own work, are documented here as well. Research includes in-depth analysis of newspaper archives and other printed material to establish the date of a painting's production, chart the development of the artist's style, and assess the impression the work made within the context of its time. Published in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
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