Gainsborough: A Portrait

Author(s): James Hamilton

Biography

** Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer **

'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times
'Brings one of the very greatest artists] vividly to life' Literary Review


Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a shockingly loose, libidinous manner and a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings.


James Hamilton reveals the artist in his many contexts: the talented Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his craft in the shadow of Hogarth; the society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by charming the right people into his studio. With fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

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  • : 9781474601061
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : February 2016
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.9'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : James Hamilton
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 448