12 November 1996
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (1727-1788)
Study of a Ploughman
with a Plough, a dog asleep on a bank and woods beyond
pencil, fragmentary watermark
6 x 7¼ in. (15.2 x 18.4 cm.)
Fry Gallery, London, 1983.
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J. Hayes, Gainsborough Drawings: A Supplement to the Catalogue Raisoneé, 'Master Drawings', 1983, vol.XXI, no.4, 1983, p.382, no.909, pl.8.
As Hayes points out, this drawing is unusual in Gainsborough's art in being such an accurate, close up and detailed representation of its subject, a Suffolk-type wheel plough. This type of plough was later to be depicted by John Constable. For a similar drawing of the same date in the late 1750s, see lot 5.
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