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Creator:
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727–1788
Title:

Wooded Landscape with a Cottage and Shepherd [1998, Canaletto to Constable : paintings of town and country from the Yale Center for British Art, exhibition catalogue]

Former Title(s):

Wooded Landscape with a Cottage, Sheep and a Reclining Shepherd [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Landscape with Shepherd

Date:
1748 to 1750
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
17 x 21 3/8 inches (43.2 x 54.3 cm), Frame: 24 x 28 x 3 inches (61 x 71.1 x 7.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Label on verso, lower right: “Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | G. [handwritten] 4101 | #248 | [typed] 3989”; upper right: “Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | G. [handwritten] 7799 | [typed] 7174”

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1976.2.1
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
cottage | field | forest | hills | landscape | meadow | pasture | reclining | sheep | shepherd | tree
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:240
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In 1748, Thomas Gainsborough returned from London to Sudbury, the small town in Suffolk where he was born. He aspired to be a landscape specialist, having studied the work of George Lambert as well as the seventeenth- century Dutch landscapes he encountered in London collections and with picture dealers. This small landscape of a resting shepherd boy, painted while Gainsborough was living in Sudbury, evokes that Dutch tradition. It is probably an imaginary view rather than a description of an actual place.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Rachel Rose (Gladstone Gallery, 2022-01-14 - 2022-03-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sensation and Sensibility: Viewing Gainsborough's " Cottage Door " (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 2006-02-11 - 2006-05-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Sensation and Sensibility: Viewing Gainsborough's " Cottage Door " (Yale Center for British Art, 2005-10-06 - 2005-12-31) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Canaletto to Constable: Paintings of Town and Country from the Yale Center for British Art (Ferrara Galleries of Modern & Contemporary Art, 2001-02-25 - 2001-05-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Canaletto to Constable: Paintings of Town and Country from the Yale Center for British Art (The Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1999-10-22 - 2000-01-02) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Canaletto to Constable: Paintings of Town and Country from the Yale Center for British Art (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1998-02-08 - 1998-04-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Gentle, Rural and Sublime - English Landscape Paintings and Watercolors, 1750-1850 (Denver Art Museum, 1993-12-11 - 1994-02-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Thomas Gainsborough (Tate) (Tate Britain, 1980-10-07 - 1981-01-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Art : The Definitive Visual History, DK Publishing, New York, 2018, p. 152, NX440 .A785 2018 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mark Bills, Early Gainsborough: 'From the Obscurity of a Country Town', Gainsborough's House Society, Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom, p. 96, fig. 16, NJ18.G16 B55 2018 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Canaletto to Constable : paintings of town and country from the Yale Center for British Art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1998, pp. 11, 41, pl. 8, ND1354.4 Y25 1998 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 96-97, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

James Hamilton, Gainsborough A Portrait, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, pl. 6, NJ18.G16 H36 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John T. Hayes, Gainsborough: paintings and drawings, Phaidon, London New York, 1975, pp. 201-02, no. 5, pl. 4, NJ18 G16 H395 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

John T. Hayes, Thomas Gainsborough, Tate Publishing, [S.l., 1980, p. 94, no. 81, NJ18 G16 H48 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Penelope McElwee, The non-representation of the agricultural labourers in 18th and 19th century English paintings : an exploration into the artistic conventions followed by the aristocracy and landowning classes in representations of the agricultural labourers ..., Newcastle upon Tyne, 2016, pp. 34-35, fig. 2-4, NX650.L32 M34 2016 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Tom will be a genius, new landscapes by the young Thomas Gainsborough : catalogue of an exhibition at Philip Mould LTd, 4 - 28 July, 2009. , Philip Mould Ltd., London, 2009, pp. 34-5, fig. 15, NJ18 G16 T65 2009 + (YCBA) [YCBA]


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