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Creator:
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727–1788
Title:

Open Landscape with Figures, Cows and Cottage

Date:
between 1785 and 1788
Materials & Techniques:
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 appointment in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:9646
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In the 1780s Gainsborough repeatedly explored the theme of the cottage door, that is, landscapes depicting the economy of the small, self-sufficient rustic cottage. Here, his experience with aquatint and soft-ground etching allows him to blur the boundaries between drawing and print. This is a rare example of an offset drawing from Gainsborough's hand. An offset is created by pressing a finished drawing onto a damp sheet of paper to create a reverse impression of the original, the equivalent of a counterproof engraving.

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)



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.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2011

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [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]


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