THE MARKET CART
By THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH


THE MARKET CART
BY THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH, R.A. (1727-1788)
IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

Gainsborough's talent for painting was inherited from his mother, who was a skilful painter of flowers and encouraged her son in his love for drawing. It is said that by the time he was ten years old this infant prodigy had drawn every fine tree and pretty cottage in the neighbourhood of Sudbury, where he lived, and had given evidence of his genius even in his youthful escapades. He filled his school books with caricatures of his master, he sketched a man whom he discovered stealing his father's apples, and it must be regretfully recorded that he even forged the parental signature to obtain a holiday from his lessons.

At the age of fifteen he was allowed to study in London, and became a pupil of Hayman, the historical painter. For three years he studied in the metropolis, and for the two succeeding years he idled in the country, where his precocity again asserted itself, as he was a married man when he was twenty.

The youthful pair settled at Ipswich, where Gainsborough painted portraits. His sitters, perhaps fortunately, were not numerous enough to prevent him rambling in the neighbourhood, and from painting landscapes which were a feature of his art in after years.

Gainsborough's first great successes were obtained in Bath, whither he moved in 1759, and were repeated in London, where he became the rage.

He disputed with Reynolds the chief position of popularity with the smart set, and with him ranks as the greatest portrait painter of the English School. Reynolds's works show, perhaps, a greater technical excellence, but Gainsborough's display a grace and a lightness of touch as well as a power of insight which are incomparable.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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Thomas Gainsborough
biography from CGFA

Paintings by Gainsborough
at ABC Gallery

Gainsborough Paintings
from CGFA


Blue Boy

The Artchive
(scroll down, to find Gainsborough)

Gainsborough
at Richard Green Gallery

Paintings by Gainsborough
at Wikipedia

Gainsborough Biography and Prints
(Spanish version)

Online book about Gainsborough
many illustrations


Famous Paintings in this Series





James Archer
My Great Grandmother


Bashkirtseff
The Meeting


Bouguereau
Charity


John Brett
From the Dorsetshire Cliffs


Arnesby Brown
The River Bank


Joseph Clark
Mother's Darling


John Constable
The Hay-Wain


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
The Fisherman's Hut


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
A Flood


Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa


Edouard Detaille
The Dream


Henri Fantin-Latour
Flowers


Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte


Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart


Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl


Jean Baptiste Greuze
Fidelity


James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide


Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle


Josef Israels
The Shipwrecked Mariner


B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time


Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman


Anton Mauve
Watering Horses


J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier


Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!


Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon


George Morland
The Reckoning


George Morland
The Inside of a Stable


Murillo
The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin


Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay


Ralph Peacock
The Sisters


Rembrandt
Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild


Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"


Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son


Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness


Dante Gabriel
Rossetti
Day Dreams


John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth


Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence


Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat


Marcus Stone
On the Road from
Waterloo to Paris


Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle


H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"


Velazquez
King Philip IV. of Spain


S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives


Thomas Webster
The Smile

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Famous Paintings Volume 2
Art Gallery

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Art Appreciation
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