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Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury, Suffolk 1727-1788 London)

Wooded landscape with a shepherd and sheep on a slope by a river, a mountain beyond

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Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (Sudbury, Suffolk 1727-1788 London)
Wooded landscape with a shepherd and sheep on a slope by a river, a mountain beyond
oil on canvas
18¾ x 26¼ in. (47.7 x 66.7 cm.)
Provenance
Kirkman; Christie's, London, 1 May 1790, lot 75 (apparently unsold).
Tassaert; Christie's, London, 5 March 1803, lot 54 (unsold).
Probably George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland (1758-1833), and by descent at Dunrobin Castle and elsewhere to the present owner.
Literature
J. Hayes, The Landscape Paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, A Critical Text and Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1982. pp. 482-5, under no. 125b, with full bibliography (illus.).
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1780, no. 319 (complete picture).
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This canvas is from the left hand section of Gainsborough's Country Churchyard, of which a second fragment formerly owned by Lord Robert Sutherland Gower is recorded (Hayes, no. 125b). The composition is recorded in reverse in an aquatint of 1790 by M.C. Prestal, published by Robert Pollard with the first sixteen lines of Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard, which was dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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