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I could not wait to paint this picture by Thomas Gainsborough (circa 1727-1788); the predominant blue colour of the feather hat and blue bows on his shoes, the background landscape and mottled sky with a burst of light enchants the portrait.  The silence and pose of this boy in the most elegant costume with an air of confidence and attitude cried out to me…..”paint me” which I did with pleasure! 


Gainsborough is probably the best loved of all the British portrait painters and he left us with a glittering record of 18th century society. After learning his trade in London he set up as a portrait artist in his native country but all his life he preferred landscapes to portraiture. His own remarkable achievements in this field including his “fancy pictures” were largely unrecognised at the time of his death.

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