Thomas Gainsborough was a famous British painter who was famous for depicting portraits within a landscape scene, which was very unusual during that period.
Thomas Gainsborough established himself as one of the most influential artists in British history and is well remembered for adding innovation to existing traditional painting techniques.
The portrait painting shown here is The Honourable Mrs Graham from 1777. It is currently owned by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
This website offers great detail on the life and career of Gainsborough, as well as featuring many of his most famous oil paintings. You can also buy Gainsborough paintings here.
Blue Boy is undeniably the most popular work to have come from the career of Thomas Gainsborough, though his list of paintings is extensive and many others are also well worth studying in their own right.
Besides his portraits-in-landscapes, there are also many landscape paintings here too which don't feature any figures in them and compare well against other notable British landscape painters like John Constable and JMW Turner. There is also some similarity between Thomas Gainsborough and fellow British artist, Joshua Reynolds.
Thomas Gainsborough originally came from Sudbury in Suffolk and is certainly one of the most famous East Anglian painters.
Gainsborough came to prominence in the 18th century but his reputation as a skilled painter remains just as strong today and many of his finest works remain on display in the significant art galleries and museums of the English capital, London.
Several of his paintings sit comfortably besides other great painters such as Turner, Constable and Reynolds who are also significantly represented within these British institutions.
Gainsborough received training at an English school headed by William Hogarth who a generation earlier had created an impressive reputation of his own, with paintings such as Whistlejacket and other impressive depictions of horses and dogs.
Hogarth's school helped to develop the early sketching skills of Gainsborough and turn him into the fully fledged artist that he later became. Francis Hayman was directly influential on the young Gainsborough whilst working here as a tutor.