James Hamilton: Gainsborough: A Portrait
12noon - 1:00pm - Saturday 2 June
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)