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Creator:
Thomas Gainsborough RA, 1727–1788, British
Title:

Open Landscape with Figures, Cows and Cottage

Date:
between 1785 and 1788
Medium:
Brown chalk, white chalk with gray wash on medium, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/4 x 12 3/8 inches (26 x 31.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.6173
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
child | cottage | cows | dog (animal) | figures | herdsman | landscape | path | pig | rocks (landforms) | shepherd | trees | woman
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:9646
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This is a very rare example of an offset drawing from Gainsborough’s hand, made by pressing a finished drawing onto a damp sheet of paper to create a reverse impression of the original. The theme of the cottage door, that is, a landscape depicting the economy of the small, self-sufficient rustic cottage, was one that he repeatedly explored in the 1780s. In this example Gainsborough’s experience with aquatint and soft-ground etching allowed him to blur the boundaries between drawing and print.

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