A few months later, Gainsborough was back in the spotlight following the rediscovery of 26 Gainsbrough watercolours at Windsor Castle. The portfolio, which entered The Royal Collection in the 1870s under the supervision of Queen Victoria, was mistakenly attributed to Sir Edwin Landseer. With the attribution now confirmed by multiple Gainsborough scholars around the world, The Royal Collection has announced plans to exhibit the drawings next year.
November 2018 will see Gainsborough hit the headlines once again, as a magnanimous retrospective of his life and work takes over the National Portrait Gallery. Featuring over fifty paintings from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will chart Gainsborough's career trajectory and his rise from an eighteenth-century provincial artist to the realms of fame and fortune.
One of the original members of the Royal Academy, Gainsborough started as a landscape painter, only turning to portraits, in his later years, because they paid more money.
According to the curators, the upcoming exhibition 'will offer a new perspective on Gainsborough the portraitist and challenge our thinking about his era and its relationship to our own'.
We can't wait.
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