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  • This is a preparatory drawing for an aquatint, although the only prints after this drawing to survive were made by John Boydell in 1797, well after Gainsborough’s death. Here Gainsborough has allowed the buff colored paper to act as a mid tone, then added white chalk and gouache for highlight, and charcoal and dark washes of ink for shadow. Although the surface is characteristically marked with a great richness and variety of textures, the strong tonal contrast between the blackness of the trees and the whiteness of the clouds indicate that it was designed with engraving in mind since it is ideally suited to reproduction in a black and white print.
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  • This is a preparatory drawing for an aquatint, although the only prints after this drawing to survive were made by John Boydell in 1797, well after Gainsborough’s death. Here Gainsborough has allowed the buff colored paper to act as a mid tone, then added white chalk and gouache for highlight, and charcoal and dark washes of ink for shadow. Although the surface is characteristically marked with a great richness and variety of textures, the strong tonal contrast between the blackness of the trees and the whiteness of the clouds indicate that it was designed with engraving in mind since it is ideally suited to reproduction in a black and white print.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Gage, Zwei Jahrhunderte englische Malerei, britische Kunst und Europa 1680 bis 1880 : [Ausstellung] Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, 21. November 1979 bis 27. Januar 1980: [Katalog], Ausstellungsleitung Haus der Kunst Mèunchen, Mèunchen, 1979, pp. 114-16, no. 59, fig. 59, ND466 Z85 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John T. Hayes, Gainsborough as printmaker, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1972, pp. 92, 97, fig. 81, NJ18 G16 H41+ (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 24.8cm
  • Dimension width :: 33.0cm
  • Exhibition :: British Painting and the European Continent
  • Exhibition :: Connections
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art
  • Exhibition :: Thomas Gainsborough
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 13, G- 1
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: cart
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: horse (animal)
  • Subject Concept :: laborers
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: trunk
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • Wooded Landscape with Country Cart and Figures
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