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Thomas Gainsborough RA, Wooded landscape

Wooded landscape, late 1740s

Thomas Gainsborough RA (1727 - 1788)

RA Collection: Art

This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.

E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.

Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.

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Object details

Artist/designer
Date
late 1740s
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil on off-white laid paper
Dimensions

120 mm x 182 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1883
Acquisition
Given by Leverhulme Trust 1936

recto

Title
Wooded landscape

verso

Title
Sheet with a drawing of female head and later doodles in another hand
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