Thomas Gainsborough

1727 - 1788

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Thomas Gainsborough (14 May 1727 (baptised) – 2 August 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. Along with his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds, he is considered one of the most important British artists of the second half of the 18th century. He painted quickly, and the works of his maturity are characterised by a light palette and easy strokes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Gainsborough has received more than 1,187,933 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Thomas Gainsborough is the 221st most popular painter (down from 186th in 2019), the 455th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 406th in 2019) and the 5th most popular British Painter.

Thomas Gainsborough is most famous for his portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

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Over the past year Thomas Gainsborough has had the most page views in the with 141,211 views, followed by Russian (19,592), and French (15,808). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ido (112.62%), Scots (88.41%), and Breton (85.39%)


Among painters, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 221 out of 2,023Before him are Pierre Bonnard, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark, Petrus Christus, Rosso Fiorentino, and Saskia van Uylenburgh. After him are Jeanne Hébuterne, Luca Giordano, Simon Vouet, Lucas van Leyden, Joshua Reynolds, and Ferdinand Hodler.

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Among people born in 1727, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 3Before him are Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, and Louise Élisabeth of France. After him are Henriette of France, Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria, Jean-Georges Noverre, Empress Xiaoyichun, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Michel Adanson, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Luis of Spain, Count of Chinchón, and Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau. Among people deceased in 1788, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 5Before him are Charles III of Spain, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, and Charles Edward Stuart. After him are Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Johann Georg Hamann, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, José, Prince of Brazil, and Infante Gabriel of Spain.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 455 out of 8,785Before him are Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1862), Tim Curry (1946), Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411), Samuel Johnson (1709), Princess Muna al-Hussein (1941), and John Knox (1514). After him are John Bonham (1948), John Edward Gray (1800), Thomas Harriot (1560), William Adams (1564), Austen Chamberlain (1863), and Daphne du Maurier (1907).

Among PAINTERS In United Kingdom

Among painters born in United Kingdom, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 5Before him are J. M. W. Turner (1775), John Constable (1776), William Hogarth (1697), and John Everett Millais (1829). After him are Joshua Reynolds (1723), Louis Wain (1860), William Holman Hunt (1827), Leonora Carrington (1917), Thomas Cole (1801), Thomas Lawrence (1769), and Richard Hamilton (1922).