New exhibition features rediscovered drawings by British painter – borrowed from the Queen

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Twenty-five landscape drawings by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough will be exhibited to the public for the first time at the York Art Gallery.

The designs were on loan from Her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection and were acquired by Queen Victoria in 1874.

The drawings were recently reassigned to Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) in 2013, when art historian Lindsay Stainton identified one of the drawings as a study for Gainsborough’s most famous landscape painting, Cornard wood (vs. 1748).

The traveling exhibition Young Gainsborough: drawings of landscapes rediscovered will be exhibited at the York Art Gallery in October 1, 2021 to February 13, 2022.

United for the first time

The study for Cornard wood will be hung next to the finished painting – newly preserved and on loan from the National Gallery in London.

The painting depicts a wooded area near Great Cornard, which was close to Gainsborough’s childhood home.

It will be the first time that drawing and painting have come together since their last meeting in Gainsborough’s studio.

The discovery of the reassigned drawings broadens our understanding of Gainsborough as an artist.

The exhibition will also feature other paintings and drawings from Gainsborough’s early years.

The exhibition will be on display at the York Art Gallery until February 13, 2022.

Entrance to the gallery is free but reservation is essential. Entrance to the exhibition costs £ 10 for adults with concessions available.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the York Art Gallery website.


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