National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Seashore with Fishermen Thomas Gainsborough (artist)
British, 1727 - 1788
Seashore with Fishermen, c. 1781/1782
oil on canvas
overall: 101.9 x 127.6 cm (40 1/8 x 50 1/4 in.) framed: 124.5 x 149.9 x 7 cm (49 x 59 x 2 3/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
1970.17.121
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From the Tour: Britain's Royal Academy of Art in the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 2 of 8

Conservation Notes

The medium-coarse canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is white, probably composed partly of chalk, and smoothly applied. Infrared reflectography shows freely drawn underdrawing in parts of the picture, such as the cliff on the left. The painting is executed in broad brushwork, blended wet into wet, using glazes and scumbles, with slightly impasted white highlights. X-radiographs taken of the area including the figures do not reveal any pentimenti, but conservation in 1985 demonstrated that the foreground had been completely repainted to hide crackle; removal of the repaint revealed, beneath the thinly painted rocks on the right, two figures seated facing each other, the one on the left with his left arm upraised as if throwing a net. At the same time many of the more disturbing wider cracks, both the left and right sides approximately one inch in from the edges, and a number of areas of abrasion in the sky, were retouched. The heavily discolored varnish was removed in 1985 and replaced with a synthetic varnish.

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