25 newly attributed Thomas Gainsborough drawings will go on public display at Nottingham Castle for the first time in an exhibition titled Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings.

The touring exhibition will be hosted by York Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland and Nottingham Castle from late 2021 to 2022.

Thomas Gainsborough, 'Study for Cornard Wood', c.1748
Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Study for Cornard Wood’, c.1748. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021

The drawings, which have been loaned by Her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection, were re-attributed to Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) in 2017 and transform our understanding of him as a talented landscape artist. Produced in the late 1740s when Gainsborough was in his early twenties, the drawings offer an intimate glimpse into the early career of one of Britain’s best-loved artists.

The drawings will be presented alongside paintings and works on paper borrowed from collections across the UK and Ireland, including the National Gallery’s recently conserved masterpiece Cornard Wood (1748). Together, they will shed new light on Gainsborough’s early landscape practice and the techniques which made him one of the country’s most significant and influential artists.

Come and see the exhibition at Nottingham Castle from 2 July until 25 September 2022. Included in general admission.

This exhibition is in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, the National Gallery of Ireland, and York Art Gallery.

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