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Gainsborough - Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting J920222

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Filename: J920222.jpg

Size: 3460 x 5057 (20.0MB)

Date: 12th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: 469603

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Gainsborough - Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting J920222

KENWOOD HOUSE, THE IVEAGH BEQUEST, London. " Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting " c1783 by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)

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Two Shepherd Boys with Two Dogs Fighting,

EDITORS COMMENTS
a captivating masterpiece by the renowned Georgian artist Thomas Gainsborough, showcases the innocence of childhood and the raw intensity of nature. Painted around 1783, this oil on canvas artwork is a testament to Gainsborough's exceptional skill in capturing the human experience and the bond between man and animal. The painting depicts two young shepherd boys, dressed in simple clothing typical of the era, seated on the grassy bank of a river. Their attentive gaze is fixed on two energetic dogs locked in a fierce struggle over an unseen prize. The boys' expressions mirror the excitement and anticipation of the unfolding scene, their hands poised to intervene if necessary. The idyllic setting of the painting, with its lush greenery and serene river, contrasts sharply with the dynamic and intense moment between the dogs. The skillful use of light and shadow, as well as the vibrant colors, add depth and dimension to the scene, drawing the viewer in and immersing them in the world of the painting. This artwork is a beautiful representation of the Georgian period, a time of great artistic and cultural significance in British history. The painting is now part of the Iveagh Bequest collection at Kenwood House in London, a testament to its historical and artistic importance. The image of the two shepherd boys and their dogs fighting encapsulates the essence of childhood, the beauty of nature, and the enduring bond between man and animal.

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