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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:
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:
View 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.

Matthew Hargraves, 2011
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)

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]

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


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