William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (1737-1805)

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Home Office, 2 Marsham Street
  • About the artist
    One of the founders of the 18th-century British landscape school, Thomas Gainsborough was also the creator of the so-called ‘fancy picture’, depicting rustic figures - usually children - posed in rural settings. Born in Suffolk, he studied in London from about 1739 to 1748 under the French painter and engraver Hubert Gravelot and the British painter Francis Hayman at the St Martin’s Lane Academy. Gainsborough returned to Suffolk in 1748, where he worked as a landscape and portrait painter until 1759, before moving to Bath. There he quickly developed into a much sought-after society painter. In 1774, he moved to London where he exhibited his work in his studio. He died in London in 1788.
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    Materials & Techniques
    stipple engraving
  • Details
    Title
    William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (1737-1805)
    Date
    1787
    Medium
    Stipple engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased 1992
    GAC number
    15930