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 990,489 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Thomas Gainsborough is the 184th most popular painter (down from 155th in 2019), the 406th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 321st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Painter.

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

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Among painters, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 184 out of 1,421Before him are Agostino Carracci, Pierre Bonnard, Francis Picabia, Theo van Gogh, Nicholas Roerich, and Lucas Cranach the Younger. After him are John William Waterhouse, Margaret Keane, Pietro da Cortona, Suzanne Valadon, Fra Bartolomeo, and Benozzo Gozzoli.

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Among people born in 1727, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 2Before him is Anne Robert Jacques Turgot. After him are Empress Xiaoyichun, Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria, Louise Élisabeth of France, Jean-Georges Noverre, Henriette of France, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Luis of Spain, Count of Chinchón, Ercole III d'Este, Duke of Modena, and Michel Adanson. 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 Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Johann Georg Hamann, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, Infante Gabriel of Spain, and José, Prince of Brazil.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 406 out of 7,765Before him are Richard Owen (1804), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Jim Clark (1936), Millvina Dean (1912), and Joseph Lister (1827). After him are Thomas Carlyle (1795), Charles Glover Barkla (1877), William Baffin (1584), Richard Wright (1943), Alan Parker (1944), and David Lean (1908).

Among PAINTERS In United Kingdom

Among painters born in United Kingdom, Thomas Gainsborough ranks 4Before him are J. M. W. Turner (1775), John Constable (1776), and William Hogarth (1697). After him are Joshua Reynolds (1723), John Everett Millais (1829), Louis Wain (1860), Leonora Carrington (1917), Richard Hamilton (1922), William Holman Hunt (1827), Frederic Leighton (1830), and John Tenniel (1820).