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Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788)
Landscape with Group of Figures Resting on the Hillside
Brown chalk, gray and brown washes, and oil; varnished
8 3/4 x 12 3/16 inches (221 x 309 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1910; III, 60
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This drawing is yet another example of Gainsborough's technique in wash and oil and must also date from the 1770s. The coat of varnish used to fix the drawing has yellowed, giving a golden tone to the work.

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