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Thomas Gainsborough: Portrait of James Christie, 1778
Photograph by Marshall Astor, Creative Commons licensed


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Thomas Gainsborough

[English Rococo Era/Romantic Painter, 1727-1788]

• Relationships: Uncle of Gainsborough Dupont.
• Subject matter:  Specializes in Portraits.
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Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteBirmingham Museums & Art Gallery, UK
2 works from the museum's prints and drawings collection

Notable SiteBirmingham Museums & Art Gallery, UK
3 paintings online

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
4 works online

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum PHAROS Website, Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteGainsborough's House, Sudbury, UK

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
A Woman in Blue

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Portrait of a Lady in Blue

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
4 works online by Gainsborough

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
See the "Spain, France and England" section

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Conversation in a Park

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Database, Paris
2 paintings

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History  
4 works online

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas  
Coastal Scene with Shipping and Cattle, ca.1781-82

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Drawings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Watercolor collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa  
3 works

Notable SiteNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Notable SitePrado Museum Database, Madrid   NEW!
(Linking to the Spanish-language version because it contains far more works than the English version)

Notable SiteRijksmuseum, Amsterdam   NEW!

Notable SiteRoyal Academy of Arts Collection, London, UK

Notable SiteRoyal Academy of Arts Collection, London, UK
"Artist of the Month" profile

Notable SiteSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Scotland

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Wooded Landscape with Herdsmen and Cattle

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Madame Lebrun, 1780

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Bolton Art Gallery, UK

Boughton House, Northamptonshire, UK
Lady Elizabeth Montagu, Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry

Bowes Museum, County Durham, UK
Elmsett Church, Suffolk

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK
William Leyborne Leyborne
Ann Leyborne Leyborne

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Christchurch Art Gallery / Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio   NEW!
4 paintings online

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Elizabeth and Thomas Linley, 1768

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
Five horses by a barn, and a man and a dog resting

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
99 works by or related to the artist

Denver Art Museum / Berger Collection, Colorado
2 works online

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK   NEW!

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Select the artist from the drop-down list

Frick Collection, New York City   NEW!

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, England

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Jersey Heritage Trust, UK

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas   NEW!

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, Florida
Portrait of Mrs. Collins, ca.1770-75

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan

Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
Man with Book Seated in a Landscape
Portrait of Mrs. William Provis of Bath

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  
3 works online

Museo d'Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy
Portrait of Elizabeth Tyler (Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Portrait of Mrs. Lowndes-Stone

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
4 works online

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK
2 paintings by Thomas Gainsborough online

National Museums Liverpool, UK
Viscount Folkestone

National Museums Liverpool, UK

National Museums Liverpool, UK
Anne Duchess of Cumberland

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Norwich Museums, England

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City
5 works online

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Ringling Museum of Art, Florida
Lieutenant General Philip Honywood, 1765

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, England
William Jackson, ca.1762-1765

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
3 paintings online

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, Georgia
Portrait of Mr. Chubb, ca.1749

Southampton City Art Gallery, England

State Museums of Berlin

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Thomas Gainsborough at the The British Museum, London, UK

The Faringdon Collection at Buscot Park, Oxfordshire, UK
Cattle returning along a Wooded Lane

The Huntington Library, California
Quite a number of works online

The Wallace Collection, London, UK   NEW!

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

Tyne & Wear Museums Database, England

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Miss Theodosia Magill (1744-1817), afterwards Countess of Clanwilliam, 1765

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogue, London, UK

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England
Portrait of Louisa, Lady Clarges

Waddeson Manor: The Rothschild Collection, Aylesbury, England
Master Nichols ("The Pink Boy")

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Search results for "Thomas Gainsborough"

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Portrait of the Artist's Daughters, ca.1763-64

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
Quite a few works online

D'Outre Manche Database of British Art in French Public Collections

Joconde Database of French Museum Collections (in French)  

UK National Inventory of Continental European Paintings (NICE)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
The Marsham Children (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin)

Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
The Mall in St. James's Park (The Frick Collection, New York)

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough at The Artchive  

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough at The Athenaeum  
130 works online

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough in the Web Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteThomas Gainsborough in the WebMuseum  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)


Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

Digital Images — Photography by Ron Reznick
Anne, Countess of Chesterfield

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Olga's Gallery

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Andrew Clayton-Payne Gallery, London, UK -- Notable past sales
Wooded Landscape

FBI Art Theft Program
Madame Bacelli Dancing, stolen in Ireland in 2001

Katherine Ara - Paintings Conservation & Restoration
Portrait of William Pearce

Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries, London, UK
Archive of past displayed works which are "sold" or "not for sale"

Tennessee Portrait Project
The Earl of Warwick

The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Portrait of Lady Molyneaux

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

UK Government Art Collection

Why We Think Nature is Beautiful
Illustrated article by Eugene C. Hargrove

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Thomas Gainsborough  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Spartacus Educational Books

Tate Magazine
Gainsborough's Modernity: By William Vaughan

The Daily Mail Online
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, a portrait located at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Mrs Mary Robinson: Perdita, ca.1781

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on The Byam Family, ca.1762

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly, ca.1756

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
look inside

The Art of Thomas Gainsborough: "A Little Business for the Eye"

look inside

The Letters of Thomas Gainsborough


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