Thomas Gainsborough R A (1727-1788)

Thomas GAINSBOROUGH, R.A. (Sudbury, Suffolk 1727 – 1788 London)

Wooded Upland Landscape with Herdsman and Cattle, early 1770s

watercolour and oil on brown prepared paper, mounted on canvas, and varnished

41.8 x 55.7 cm. (16½ x 21 ⅞ in.)

Provenance:

William Alexander.

His Sale; Sotheby’s, London, 14 March 1817, lot 1262 (£1.1).

(Probably) Keale, acquired at the above sale.

(Possibly) D. Heinemann, Munich.

Mrs. Trimmer.

Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris (according to a stamp, verso).

Rt. Hon. George Augustus Frederick Cavendish Bentinck M.P., P.C. (1821 – 1891), London.

His Sale; Christie’s, London, 13 July 1891, lot 692 (44 gns. 2s).

McLean, acquired at the above sale.

Agnew’s, London.

Lord Blackford, acquired from the above.

Agnew’s, London.

Leggatt, London.

Private Collection, England.

Literature:

J. Hayes, The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, New Haven and London, 1971, vol. I, pp. 194-95, no. 369 (illus. vol. II, pl. 129).

Exhibitions:

(Possibly) London, Grosvenor Gallery, Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Gainsborough, 1885, no. 198 (listed with incorrect measurements).

Engraved:

J. Laporte, 1802.

According to Hayes (op. cit.), ‘The broad washy treatment of the foliage and the landscape and the rough highlighting in oil are related to the landscape with herdsman and cows in Wakefield (no. 367), and the handling of the cow on the right and the mound beneath are very close to the landscape with shepherd, sheep and cows in     

Posted on January 25, 2017 and filed under Painting.