This talk will focus on a ‘conversation piece’ which was painted by Gainsborough when he was still making a name for himself as a gifted landscape artist and portrait painter. It was acquired jointly by Gainsborough’s House and Tate in 1993 as a masterpiece of the early phase of his career.
A recent research project has drawn together expertise in the fields of art history, cultural studies, conservation and musicology. As a result, new light has been thrown on the mercantile world of the portrait’s sitters, and new suggestions have been made as to why Gainsborough represented them making music in the midst of a remote rustic landscape.
In this talk, Peter Moore, Research Curator will discuss his work on the project and reveal some of the fascinating findings that resulted from it.
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