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  • Gainsborough was an active printmaker but rarely published prints in his own lifetime. He began making private experiments with aquatint from the early 1770s, possibly with advice from Paul Sandby. This new technique was about the only method of graphic reproduction that could come close to capturing the effects of Gainsborough’s painterly draftsmanship. The plate for this print was made in the mid 1780s and is typical of the kind of rustic scenery that Gainsborough was producing at the end of his career through which he sought an immediate emotional response from the viewer. His mind invariably conjured up images of rural life whenever he fantasized about escaping the drudgery of routine work painting portraits. This impression was published by John Boydell in 1797 after Gainsborough’s death.
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  • Gainsborough was an active printmaker but rarely published prints in his own lifetime. He began making private experiments with aquatint from the early 1770s, possibly with advice from Paul Sandby. This new technique was about the only method of graphic reproduction that could come close to capturing the effects of Gainsborough’s painterly draftsmanship. The plate for this print was made in the mid 1780s and is typical of the kind of rustic scenery that Gainsborough was producing at the end of his career through which he sought an immediate emotional response from the viewer. His mind invariably conjured up images of rural life whenever he fantasized about escaping the drudgery of routine work painting portraits. This impression was published by John Boydell in 1797 after Gainsborough’s death.
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  • Dimension height :: 25.7cm
  • Dimension height :: 27.9cm
  • Dimension width :: 32.7cm
  • Dimension width :: 34.9cm
  • Exhibition :: Connections
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: The Creative Printmaker
  • Exhibition :: Thomas Gainsborough (Tate)
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: intaglio print
  • Subject Concept :: cows
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: herdsman
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: rocks
  • Subject Concept :: shepherd
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Concept :: woods
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Wooded Landscape with Herdsman and Cows
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