The Painters Daughter With a Cat – Thomas Gainsborough

The Painters Daughter With a Cat - Thomas Gainsborough

The Painters Daughters with a Cat by Thomas Gainsborough is part of the National Gallery collection and can be viewed in its original condition in London. This renaissance piece of Art depicts his daughters Mary and Margaret who records show were baptised in February 1750 and August 1751. Mary is the eldest and appears to be about nine or ten years old, and Margaret about eight or nine. In the Autumn of 1759 Thomas Gainsborough had moved with his family from Ipswich to Bath and this work may therefore have been painted in Bath rather than in Ipswich. The Original painting is unfinished, but the outlines of a cat whose tail is being pulled can be seen on the lap of the elder girl – Can you spot the Cat?! This particular piece is located on Rotherham’s High Street which has been the centre of the Town since The Middle Ages (Approx. 500-1500AD). Numerous small alleys used to go off on the sides leading to warrens of houses and taverns. These have all disappeared under later development except for one unnamed alley that leads up to the previously mentioned Snail Hill.

May, 31, 2015

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