Lot 312
  • 312

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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Description

  • Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
  • An Open Landscape at dusk; with Figure, Packhorse, dog and Cottage
  • Watercolour, heightened with white chalk, on laid paper

Provenance

Fanny Marriott:
given to R.M. Praed;
Horace Bernard Milling (1898-1953);
thence by descent to his wife Mercie Winifred Sanderson Milling, later Mrs W.W. Spooner (b. 1902);
thence by descent to the present owner  

Exhibited

Leeds, Leeds City Art Gallery,  Early English Water-colours, 1958, no. 37

Literature

J. Hayes, The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, London 1970, pp. 52 & 225, no. 504, pl. 168

Condition

Support This drawing is laid down onto a laminate of several sheets of paper, probably contemporary with the artist. The recto is skinned and shows a considerable amount of glue. The faded blue sheet of paper is foxed in places and the remains of varnish are apparent on a glancing light. There are a few slight damages to the corners. Otherwise, the condition is good. Medium The medium is fresh and in a good condition with only very slight fading. Note: This work was viewed outside studio conditions. Condition Report by Jane McAusland (Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works)
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Catalogue Note

It has been suggested that this composition dates from the 1770s. With a dramatic use of chiaroscuro Gainsborough depicts a traveller with his packhorse and dog, passing over the crest of a hill, silhouetted against an evening sky. John Hayes has compared the present work with Open Landscape with Peasants Returning from Market.1

Amongst the previous owners of this work are H.B. Milling, who established The Squire Gallery, London, and his wife Mercie, who later married the celebrated collector William Spooner (1882-1967).

We would like to thank Hugh Belsey for his assistance in cataloguing this work.

1. Hayes, op. sit. p. 225, no. 502, pl. 168