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A Landscape - Thomas Gainsborough

Season 8, Episode 2 of 4

In this program we investigate a landscape which might be by the great 18th century artist Thomas Gainsborough. Gainsborough was born in 1727 in Sudbury, Suffolk. He spent much of his childhood sketching the fields and woods where he developed his passion for landscapes. It was with portraiture, though, that he made his name. In Ipswich, London and Bath he was much sought after to paint people in high society. He always claimed that his first love was landscape and sometimes tried to fuse the two genres, placing his sitters in beautiful landscapes. By the time he died he was considered one of the greatest artists of his era.

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