Feb 7, 2014 · 6:30 PM
The National Gallery
In this new series I will be exploring some of the famous rivalries in the art world - you know, those cases when two artists are spoken about in the same breath and the public divides into those who like one or the other better.
This week we look at two English portrait painters who were not only exactly contemporary but had their ateliers on the opposite side of the same fashionable London square. 18th century London society, anybody who was anybody, would draw up their carriage either in front of Gainsborough's or Reynold's address for a portrait sitting. What is it that fashionable society wanted? What is it that each of the artists offered and delivered? Join me and find out.