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Gainsborough Drawings

October 2 – December 4, 1983
West Building, Ground Floor, Graphics Galleries GS-1, GS-2, GS-3, GS-4 (2,500 sq. ft.)

Thomas Gainsborough, Drover with Calves in a Country Cart, c. 1755, graphite with gray wash on laid paper, Gift of Howard Sturges, 1956.9.25

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 91 drawings by Thomas Gainsborough were selected by John Hayes, director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and Lindsay Stainton, British Museum, for the International Exhibitions Foundation.

Organization: This was the first exhibition of Gainsborough drawings in the United States. It was coordinated at the National Gallery by Virginia Tuttle.

Sponsor: The project was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The catalogue was underwritten in part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the British Council.

Attendance: 38,065

Catalog: Gainsborough Drawings, by John Hayes and Lindsay Stainton. Washington, DC: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1983.

Other Venues: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Gainsborough, Thomas
British, 1727 - 1788