South East View of Land-Guard Fort in Suffolk

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Engraver Thomas Major trained under Hubert Gravelot before becoming an assistant to Jacques-Philippe le Bas in Paris. However, he was incarcerated at the Bastille in revenge for the imprisonment of a Franco-Irish regiment, following the Battle of Culloden. After his release Major returned to England and worked as agent for Le Bas, importing prints. He was appointed Engraver to the Prince of Wales. From 1753 he imported André Laurent’s prints. He engraved drawings for ‘The Ruins of Palmyra’ (1753), ‘The Ruins of Baalbec’ (1757) and published ‘The Ruins of Paestum’ (1768). By 1756 he was appointed Chief Seal Engraver to the King. Major became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1770 but exhibited there only once. He died in Westminster.
    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.
  • Explore
  • Details
    South East View of Land-Guard Fort in Suffolk
    5 August 1754
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased from Frank T Sabin, May 1964
    GAC number