Part of the World of Art S. series
William Vaughan puts Gainsborough's work into the context of contemporaneous social and political developments in Britain, and in particular the celebration of original genius in a time of burgeoning entrepreneurial commercialism.
He also discusses thoroughly Gainsborough's life and work - his childhood in Suffolk; his 'apprenticeship' in London; his marriage and the birth of his daughters; his move back to Suffolk and the birth of his career; his move to Bath and his incredible success as a society portrait painter; his move to London in 1774 where he reached the peak of his career, despite falling out with the Royal Academy and not being appointed official painter to the King; and his death in 1778.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, 172 illustrations, 68 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/03/2002
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780500203583