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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
LANDSCAPE WITH CATTLE AND SHEEP
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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225

PROPERTY OF A LADY

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
LANDSCAPE WITH CATTLE AND SHEEP
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
SUDBURY 1727-1788 LONDON
LANDSCAPE WITH CATTLE AND SHEEP
Gray washes over an offset line with white gouache, on buff-colored paper;
inscribed verso: 1833 WE [William Esdaile] Dr Monro’s sale no. 40x / Gainsboro [sic]
260 by 318 mm; 10 1/4  by 12 1/4  in
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Provenance

Dr Thomas Monro (1759-1833),
his sale, London, Christie's, 26 June - 2 July 1833, unidentified lot, bt. Esdaile,
William Esdaile (L.2617, with his inscriptions, see above),
his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 March 1838, unidentifed lot;
sale, Penzance, David Lay, 6 February 1992, lot 235

Literature

H. Belsey, 'Drawings by Gainsborough', Master Drawings, vol. 46, no. 4, 2008, p. 512, no. 1081, fig. 103

Catalogue Note

This drawing, which shows Gainsborough investigating the theme of a bucolic landscape, has been dated to the mid 1780s. As is typical with works from this decade, Gainsborough’s technique is free-flowing, expressive and experimental. It is similar in composition, if not more fully conceived, than a sheet that survives in the City Art Gallery, Bristol.1

The present drawing has an interesting provenance. It belonged to Dr Thomas Monro, who knew J.R. Cozens and J.M.W. Turner and was an important figure in the London art world. In 1833, it was acquired from his sale by William Esdaile, a banker who formed one of the greatest collections of Gainsborough drawings of the next generation. After Esdaile's death in 1838, the work disappeared into a private collection, only for it to resurface in a small auction house in Cornwall in 1992.

1.  J. Hayes, The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, London, 1970, p. 265, no. 683

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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