Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing

May 11 through August 19, 2018

The eighteenth-century British master Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) is celebrated for his portraiture and for his depictions of rural landscapes. Although he was best known as a painter, he was also a draftsman of rare ability. Gainsborough experimented with various media to sketch preparatory studies, finished works, and in some cases exercises for his own enjoyment. Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing brings together more than twenty works primarily from the Morgan’s collection that reveal the artist’s technical innovations, his mastery of materials, and his development of a new and original mode of drawing.

The exhibition is sponsored by Lowell Libson and Jonny Yarker Ltd. and generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Clement C. Moore II and the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Landscape with Horse and Cart, and Ruin, 18th century, oil paint , watercolor, lead white chalk, over black chalk; varnished, purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909. The Morgan Library & Museum. III, 55. Photography by Steven H. Crossot, 2014.