About this artwork

The distant settlement in this panoramic landscape was once inaccurately described as Great Cornard village in Gainsborough’s native Suffolk. The subject is now thought to be imaginary, even if based on actual motifs studied from nature. Around 1749, when he returned to Sudbury after an interlude in London, he received several private commissions for decorative paintings to be hung over doors or mantelpieces. The elongated, horizontal format suggests that this may have been another.

Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough