|Pages/Publication Date:||448 / 2018|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicholson.|
Among the foremost British artists of the 18th century, Thomas Gainsborough was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a shockingly libidinous manner and a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings. Assessing the artist in his many contexts, James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough as 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; and the society-portrait painter in Bath who earned huge sums by charming the right people into his studio.
"Gainsborough is one of the most lovable of great artists, and his personality shines through. This is an enjoyable biography by a writer who understands him—The Spectator (UK)