In­side the un­known world of Thomas Gains­bor­ough

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For the 18th-cen­tury beau monde, there were few greater ac­co­lades than hav­ing a por­trait painted by Thomas Gains­bor­ough. Roy­alty, states­men and aris­to­crats all clam­oured to be his sub­jects, but lit­tle is known about the artist him­self. A new ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers an in­sight into Gains­bor­ough’s per­sonal life, fea­tur­ing more than 50 works, in­clud­ing all sur­viv­ing por­traits of his beloved two daugh­ters. ellen peir­son-hag­ger ‘Gains­bor­ough’s Fam­ily Al­bum’ is at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery (www.npg. org.uk) from 22 Novem­ber to 3 Fe­bru­ary.

right: thomas gains­bor­ough’s ‘tris­tram and fox’. far right: ‘mar­garet and mary gains­bor­ough’. be­low right: ‘the pain­ter’s daugh­ters chas­ing a but­ter­fly’

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