To coincide with our current exhibition, ‘French Drawings from the Time of Gainsborough’, we have assembled some of our finest Gainsborough drawings from the permanent collection for our Collection Highlights. As a trainee artist in London during the 1740s, Gainsborough acquired his skills through the burgeoning drawing academies and printmaking studios, a world dominated by French masters. Many of his colleagues absorbed French culture, learning the language and travelling to France. Gainsborough himself studied under Hubert-François Gravelot, who had set up a practice in London before returning to France in 1745. The superiority of the French teaching of drawing had a great impact on Gainsborough, and indeed the entire British school.