Lecture | Hugh Belsey ‘Gainsborough in Melbourne’

Gainsborough in Melbourne

Hugh Belsey

Thomas Gainsborough, An officer of the 4th Regiment of Foot (c. 1776-1780), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1922

Thomas Gainsborough was the only eighteenth-century British artist to give equal weight to the painting of portraits and landscapes and both are represented in Melbourne. The NGV has the most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work in Australia. Recent research has questioned some of the traditional identities given to the portraits and the seascape is a particularly rare example of his work as a landscapist.

Presented by Hugh Belsey, Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, who has studied Thomas Gainsborough for over thirty years and is currently writing a catalogue for Yale University Press on Gainsborough’s portraits.

Date: Thursday 15 November, 11am

Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International

Cost: $18 Adult / $12 NGV Member / $14 Concession (Note: catering for this event). Friends of the Gallery Library: Free  but booking is essential.

Bookings 03 8662 1555, 10am – 5pm daily, Event code P121 64