Mr. and Mrs. Andrews – (Thomas Gainsborough) Previous Next


Style: Rococo

Topic: Couple Men Portraits Women

Date: 1749

Size: 119 x 69 cm

Museum: National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Technique: Oil On Canvas

Mr and Mrs Andrews (1750) is an oil painting by British artist Thomas Gainsborough. The artist was in his early twenties when he painted this canvas, which combines the two genres in which he specialized – portraiture and landscape. By his own account, he preferred the latter. The twenty-two-year-old Robert Andrews married sixteen-year-old Frances Carter in November 1748 and Gainsborough made this portrait of them shortly after the wedding. The couple is shown in front of a stout oak tree – the husband standing and the wife sitting. A real, sprawling landscape stretches out behind them: everything here is unmistakably English. It was purchased in 1960 by the National Gallery, London, with contributions from the Pilgrim Trust, The Art Fund, Associated Television Ltd, and Mr and Mrs W. W. Spooner. It is an oil painting, on canvas, and measures 69.8 by 119.4 cm.

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