European Art

Thomas Gainsborough and His Daughters (DailyArt Magazine)

Portrait of the Artist's Two Daughters c.1758 Thomas Gainsborough
Thomas Gainsborough, Portrait of the Artist’s Two Daughters, c. 1758. London, Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo via the-athenaeum.org

When I volunteered to write about article about Thomas Gainsborough for DailyArt Magazine to post on Gainsborough’s birthday, I wanted a fun and personal angle to work from. And I found one! Gainsborough had two daughters, Mary and Margaret. He loved to paint them and hoped they would become painters themselves. You can read about them and see their lovely portraits here.

Turns out, this is actually the first time I have ever written about Gainsborough. That’s strange, since I truly enjoy his work, especially his landscape paintings. I strongly encourage everyone to take a look at more of his paintings.

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