Wooded Landscape with a Peasant Resting

Thomas GainsboroughAround 1747

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

This is one of Gainsborough's first landscapes, painted during his apprentice years in London when he was about twenty years old. The influence of Dutch seventeenth-century landscape painters is apparent in the detailed naturalistic treatment of the foliage and the ordered composition. The view is not strictly topographical but rather a poetic interpretation of his native Suffolk scenery, bathed in a pink light.

Although portraiture later became the main source of Gainsborough's fame and income, he was also one of the earliest British painters to produce important landscapes, admired for their freshness and fluency of handling.

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  • Title: Wooded Landscape with a Peasant Resting
  • Creator: Thomas Gainsborough
  • Date Created: Around 1747
  • Provenance: Purchased 1889
  • Physical Dimensions: w781 x h625 mm
  • Original Title: Wooded Landscape with a Peasant Resting
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas