The Gravenor Family: Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough: The Gravenor Family

Thomas Gainsborough, the English society portraitist of the 18th-century painted in 1754 the Gravenor Family resplendent in their upper-class clothing in a dark landscape.

The sheen from the dresses contrasts with and helps emphasize the descending browns and greys of the clouds, and helps the scene be seen as such, i.e. a stage for the leisure of the family.

Thomas Gainsborough’s The Gravenor Family is in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut.

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