Thomas Gainsborough: Painting Identity

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Thomas Gainsborough: Painting Identity

Thomas Gainsborough: Painting Identity

Dates: Tuesdays 8, 15 and 22 March 2022
Times: 18.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Online (Zoom)
Tutors: Karly Allen, Aliki Braine and Jo Rhymer

Description: Moving from his family home in Suffolk at the age of 13, Thomas Gainsborough arrived in London in 1740 to begin an artistic career which was to establish him as one of the leading portrait painters of his day. He became the favourite painter of King George III and Queen Charlotte; he was also a founding member of the Royal Academy and was influential in establishing landscape painting as a significant genre for painting.

The Wallace Collection boasts two large-scale portraits by Gainsborough and this course takes inspiration from these important paintings. Focusing on these works, we’ll discuss Gainsborough’s innovation and inspiration, exploring his formidable ability to give vivacity and palpability to his sitters and the landscape setting.

Gainsborough’s early childhood was spent surrounded by the beauty of the Suffolk countryside and we’ll discuss how his landscape paintings often convey a sense of place. We’ll also consider the inspiration he drew from artists he admired, as well as his influence on future painters.

Please read the full course description here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for all three dates of this course. Ticketholders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing subsequent sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
08/03/2022 18:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £45
Online Course (Concession) £42
Online Course (Member) £40
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