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.
Alexandra Kiely, aka A Scholarly Skater, is an art historian based in the northeastern United States. She loves wandering down the dark and dusty corners of art history and wholeheartedly believes in visual art's ability to enrich every person's life.
Her favorite periods of art history are 19th-century American painting and medieval European art and architecture. When she not looking at, reading about, writing about, or teaching art, she's probably ice dancing or reading.
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