Studies of Figures by Gainsborough Executed In Exact Imitation Of The Originals, By Richard Lane

RA Collection: Book

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London.: Pubd. By J. Dickinson, New Bond Stt., Jan. 1. 1825., Printed At Chas. Hullmandel's Lithographic Establishment

Physical Description

[26] pl. (incl., dedic. pl.); 541 mm.


[,] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The title-plate is signed as scripted by J. Magenis and lithographed by C. Hullmandel; the dedication plate is signed as lithographed by C. Hullmandel. All other plates are unsigned.

The work is dedicated by Gainsborough's great-nephew, Richard Lane, to Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A.


J.M. Friedman, Color printing in England 1486-1870 [exhibition catalogue] (1978), p.43-4.

D. Brenneman, 'Thomas Gainsborough and the picturesque sketch', in Word and image, 13:4 (1997), p.392-404; Gainsborough drawings, ed. J. Hayes and L. Stainton [exhibition catalogue] (1983); J. Hayes, The drawings of Thomas Gainsborough (2 v., 1970).

S. Lambert, The image multiplied: five centuries of printed reproductions of paintings and drawings (1987); M. Twyman, Lithography 1800-1850 (1970), esp. p.155-6; M.L. Twyman, 'The tinted lithograph', in Journal of the Printing Historical Society, 1 (1965), p.39-56.

Summary Note

Plates [3-26] show clothed, usually single, figures of men, women or children, many in country backgrounds. Plate [1], the title-plate, incorporates a vignette portrait of Gainsborough.

Most of the plates are in tinted lithography, in imitation of crayon originals, many of which had been drawn by Gainsborough on tinted paper with white highlights.

Binding Note

19th-century black morocco, upper and lower covers having gilt rococo borders with royal arms of Britain gilt-stamped centre; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Studies Of Figures By Gainsborough Imitation Of The Originals By R. Lane.' The upper cover is stamped as 'Bound By Hering'.

Name as Subject


People - Women - Men (male humans) - Great Britain - 18th century
Drawings - Sketches - Studies (visual works) - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Colour printing - Lithographs - Lithotints - Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 19th century


Thomas Gainsborough RA, source artist
Richard Lane ARA, lithographer, previous owner, donor
Charles Joseph Hullmandel, lithographic printer
Joseph Dickinson, publisher
Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA, dedicatee
J. Magenis, script engraver
John Hering, binder