American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Gainsborough, Thomas 1727-1788. British portrait and landscape painter. His masterpieces include The Blue Boy and The Harvest Wagon (both c. 1770).
- n. English portrait and landscape painter (1727-1788)
“She wore when I first saw her a long dress of black silk and velvet sparkling with jet; over her shoulders was thrown carelessly a mantle of cream-colored cloth; on her head was a plush hat -- what they call a Gainsborough -- trimmed with a long graceful plume, also of cream-color.”
“Victoria: My first costume was Aerith Gainsborough from the video game Final Fantasy VII.”
“Mary Robinson's seated position in Gainsborough's 1781 society portrait is not only unusual, but she reclines, her body cutting diagonally across the composition, rather than sits upright (as in Reynolds's 1783-4 half-length, more intimate painting of her, in which in a melancholy but upright seated pose she faces away from the viewer with the sea behind her). [”
“Looking towards the east you discover in extreme distance the Marlborough Downs; then somewhat nearer Kingsdown, Bathford, the hills above Warleigh, with Hampton cliffs and the neighbouring woods, where Gainsborough, Wilson, and Barker studied Nature so well, and where is shown the flat rock called Gainsborough's table, on which the first of this picturesque triumvirate so often ate his rustic meal.”
“Portraits by leading painters such as Gainsborough did not come cheaply.”
“In such a socialized space, prominent artists such as Gainsborough and Reynolds would have had ample opportunity to work on their clients 'taste as much as their preferences. close window close window”
“(In addition to the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," the private collection boasts a Gutenberg Bible and paintings such as Gainsborough's "Blue Boy.")”
“He has painted, not pictures of the world, but English pictures, such as Gainsborough himself might have done; beautiful rural pieces, with trees which might well tempt the wild birds to perch upon them, thou needest not run to”
“He has painted, not pictures of the world, but English pictures, such as Gainsborough himself might have done; beautiful rural pieces, with trees which might well tempt the wild birds to perch upon them; thou needest not run to Rome, brother, after pictures of the world, whilst at home there are pictures of”
“They sang it to "Gainsborough," the favourite tune of the old folk, for it gave an opportunity for restful lingering on every word, and had in it all those much-loved trills and quavers that made up the true accompaniment of a Scottish psalm.”
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