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Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Wooded landscape with two figures on horseback travelling along a winding track

Property from the Collection of the late Cyril and Shirley Fry

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Wooded landscape with two figures on horseback travelling along a winding track

Wooded landscape with two figures on horseback travelling along a winding track

Property from the Collection of the late Cyril and Shirley Fry

Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Sudbury 1727 - 1788 London

Wooded landscape with two figures on horseback travelling along a winding track


Brush and dark grey wash, within original wash-line mount;

inscribed versoThis drawing by Thomas Gainsborough, is respectfully presented to Mr John Frost, in token of esteem for his taste and abilities as an Artist, and his unassuming worth as a private Individual, by William Carey./ Ipswich, January the first, 1820

205 by 287 mm

Gainsborough, who was famously experimental when working on paper, appears to have prepared this sheet with a mellow yellow wash. The sheet is in a stable condition, with some surface dirt in evidence and one or two minor foxmarks. In the upper left hand corner there is a small area where the pigments have been rubbed. Running diagonally from the right-hand edge, there is a thin brown line, this measures circa 80 mm.  


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Possibly William Paulet Carey (1759-1839);
who, according to the inscription, presented it to John Frost;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 5 April 1973, lot 8;
where acquired by Cyril and Shirley Fry

J. Hayes, 'Gainsborough Drawings: A Supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné', Master Drawings, vol. XXI, 1983 (no. 4), p. 390, no. 977, pl. 18a

Gainsborough has executed this drawing with great confidence and John Hayes (loc. cit.) commended it on the 'rapid impressionistic technique', dating it to the later 1780s.


The inscription on the verso indicates that the Dublin born critic and art dealer, William Carey, once owned the work. Carey writes that he presented the drawing to the artist John Frost. However, no artist of that name is recorded, and Hayes suggested that Carey in fact meant to write George. George Frost (1745-1821) was a talented amateur artist who lived in Ipswich. He was a great admirer of Gainsborough and owned a number of his drawings.