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James Hamilton: Gainsborough: A Portrait

12noon - 1:00pm - Saturday 2 June

Derby Museum and Art Gallery, DE1 1BS

Thomas Gainsborough lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends.

James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; a gentle and empathetic family man, whose volatility could lead him to slash his paintings; the rake-on-the-make in London; the charming and amusing friend of royalty; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio.

James Hamilton’s Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man and the century that bore him.

"Derby Museum and Art Gallery changed my life in the 1950s. It was there, aged 8 or 9, that I first experienced a room full of great paintings, the works of Joseph Wright. They opened my eyes, and set me on my way as an art historian, curator and writer. It is a blessing for Derby and the region that they remain on display in the Art Gallery, where they continue to enthral and inspire." (James Hamilton)

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31 May – 8 June 2019

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