Thomas Gainsborough, c.1772, (1727–1788), by Johann Zoffany, English portrait and landscape painter. Gainsborough was noted for the speed with which he applied paint, and he worked more from observations of nature (and of human nature) than from application of formal academic rules. The poetic sensibility of his paintings caused Constable to say, "On looking at them, we find tears in our eyes and know not what brings them."
Self-portrait, c.1788 Sir Joshua Reynolds. The Preeminent British artist of his day in Georgian England. A studio replica of Reynolds's original of c.1788 in the Royal Collection (London 1986, no.149). The sitter's left arm, which in the original is raised as if in the act of painting, has been lowered. (c) Dulwich Picture Gallery