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Thomas Gainsborough RA, 1727–1788, British

Wooded Landscape with Country Cart and Figures

Former Title(s):

Bewaldete Landschaft mit Figuren unde einem Landendlichen karren

between 1785 and 1788
Black and white chalk, gray wash and black wash on medium, slightly textured, antique buff wove paper prepared with gray
Sheet: 9 3/4 x 13 inches (24.8 x 33 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
cart | genre subject | horse (animal) | laborers | laborers | landscape | trunk
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This is a preparatory drawing for an aquatint, although the only prints after this drawing to survive were made by John Boydell in 1797, well after Gainsborough’s death. Here Gainsborough has allowed the buff colored paper to act as a mid tone, then added white chalk and gouache for highlight, and charcoal and dark washes of ink for shadow. Although the surface is characteristically marked with a great richness and variety of textures, the strong tonal contrast between the blackness of the trees and the whiteness of the clouds indicate that it was designed with engraving in mind since it is ideally suited to reproduction in a black and white print.

John Gage, Zwei Jahrhunderte englische Malerei, britische Kunst und Europa 1680 bis 1880 : [Ausstellung] Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, 21. November 1979 bis 27. Januar 1980: [Katalog] , Ausstellungsleitung Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, Mèunchen, 1979, pp. 114-16, no. 59, fig. 59, ND466 Z85 (YCBA)

John T. Hayes, Gainsborough as printmaker, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1972, pp. 92, 97, fig. 81, NJ18 G16 H41+ (YCBA)

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