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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 284 PROFILES IN ART

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

PORTRAIT OF AN ENGLISH ARTIST

 

In his Fourteenth Discourse on art delivered to the Royal Academy in the late 1700s, artist Sir Joshua Reynolds said the following of English painter Thomas Gainsborough: “If ever this nation should produce genius sufficient to acquire to us the honourable distinction of an English School, the name of Gainsborough will be transmitted to posterity, in the history of the Art, among the very first of that rising name.” Although the two artists maintained a friendly rivalry, it was clear even to Reynolds that Gainsborough possessed a distinctive and exceptional ...

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