FAMOUS ART RIVALS: Gainsborough and Reynolds

  • 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.

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  • Antonella M.

    Thank you, Lydia.
    My boyfriend Julian and I will join your tour tomorrow.

    February 6, 2014

  • Lydia B.

    Hi Antonella, I am asking to pay online as that helps to commit people to coming as often people book but don't turn up. If you have difficulty paying online then do pay on the day but let me know if I am to expect you. Thanks, Lydia

    February 6, 2014

  • Antonella M.

    Hi Lydia why are we asked to pay on line. Can we still pay to you?

    February 6, 2014

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