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Part of European Paintings
Thomas Gainsborough (British, Sudbury 1727–1788 London)
Date: 1778Accession Number: 20.155.1
Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, Plympton 1723–1792 London)
Date: 1782Accession Number: 20.155.3
Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, Bristol 1769–1830 London)
Date: 1790Accession Number: 50.135.5
Date: 1761–66Accession Number: 87.16
William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London)
Date: 1729Accession Number: 36.111
John Hoppner (British, London 1758–1810 London)
Date: 1796Accession Number: 53.59.3
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The English works exhibited here were painted principally in London but also outside the capital city and date mostly to the eighteenth century. At first, there was a developing market for landscapes and cityscapes, sporting art, and "conversation pieces," an example of which is William Hogarth's famous wedding picture of 1729, seen in this gallery. In the second half of the century, patrons of all social ranks hungered for ever-larger portraits to give voice to their dynastic standing, individual achievements, or civic ambitions. Thus emerged the lifesize three-quarter- and full-length portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and their contemporaries. Sir Thomas Lawrence's vivid images brought this grand-manner tradition to its summit and its end.
English paintings are also on view in the Annie Laurie Aitken Galleries and the English period rooms on the first floor.
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