York Art Gallery

1 October 2021 – 13 February 2022
Adults £8, Concessions Available

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Twenty-five newly attributed Thomas Gainsborough drawings are on public display for the first time in this major exhibition at York Art Gallery.

The beautiful drawings, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, were re-attributed to Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) in 2013 and transform our understanding of him as a talented landscape artist at the beginning of his career.

They are presented alongside paintings and works on paper borrowed from collections across the UK and Ireland, including The National Gallery’s recently conserved masterpiece Cornard Wood (1748). Together, they shed new light on Gainsborough’s early landscape practice and the techniques which made him one of the country’s most significant and influential artists.

The exhibition also showcases the UK premiere of the triptych ‘Clay, Peat, Cage’ (2015), three performances to camera by Yorkshire-based artists Jade Montserrat and Webb-Ellis. Find out more here.

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This exhibition is in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, the National Gallery of Ireland, and Nottingham Castle.


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