Six Studies of a Cat

  • Creator: Thomas Gainsborough. 1727-1788. English
  • Year: ca. 1763-1769
  • Location: United Kingdom

Thomas Gainsborough was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. Along with his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds, he is considered one of the most important British artists of the second half of the 18th century.

Famed for his portraits, it was not uncommon for a sitter to wish to be depicted with his or her favorite pet. These studies capture the same cat in a variety of positions.

Six Studies of a Cat is available in the public domain via Creative Commons No Copyright .

Europeana | Source: Rijksmuseum

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