Thomas Gainsborough (christened May 14, 1727 — August 2, 1788) was one of the most famous portrait and landscape painters’ etcher and draughtsman of 18th century Britain.
In London he first trained under engraver Hubert Gravelot but eventually became associated with William Hogarth and his school. Year later he would work in executing a small numbers of original etched work of landscape studies.
One of his mentors was Francis Hayman. In those years he contributed to the decoration of what is now the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children and the supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens.
In the 1740s, Gainsborough married Margaret Burr, an illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, who settled a £200 annuity on the couple. The artist’s work, then mainly composed of landscape paintings, was not selling very well. He returned to Sudbury in 1748—1749 and concentrated on the painting of portraits.
In 1752, he and his family, now including two daughters, moved to Ipswich. Commissions for personal portraits increased, but his clientele included mainly local merchants and squires. He had to borrow against his wife’s annuity.
Thomas Gainsborough “Study of a Landscape Sketch” Etching-Aquatint. Published by Laporte, 1802. A COLLECTION OF PRINTS, ILLUSTRATIVE OF ENGLISH SCENERY; From the Drawings and Sketches of Gainsborough: In the various Collections of the Right Honorable Baroness Lucas; Viscount Palmerston; George Hibbert, Esq., Dr. Monro, and several other Gentlemen. [London:] W. F. Wells, and J. LaPorte, [ca. 1802].
This rare and beautiful work is 8 by 10.25 inches, inscribed below the engraved work and in good good-un washed condition. Printed on antique Vellum paper.