National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Thomas Gainsborough, February 9 - May 11, 2003

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.

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Exhibition Overview

Exhibition Highlights

Works by
Thomas Gainsborough
in the Gallery's permanent collection

Biography of
Thomas Gainsborough

Lecture Abstracts

Press Materials

Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1785-1787  Thomas Gainsborough, an English painter and draftsman, is considered one of the great masters of 18th-century portraiture and landscape painting. Consisting of 63 paintings and 30 works on paper, this exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of his art in more than 20 years and the first Gainsborough exhibition of its kind in America. This major gathering of the artist's finest works illustrate the full range and exceptional richness of Gainsborough's achievement, including portraits characterized by the noble and refined grace of the figures, his distinctively poetic landscape paintings, and his fancy pictures of scenes of the rural poor.