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Cottage Children, after Thomas Gainsborough
64.5 cm x 44.8 cm (25 3/8 in. x 17 5/8 in.)
(active 1727 - 1788)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1985
With its free drawing and hovering atmospheric, Gainsborough’s style was quite unsuited for translation into mezzotint. Cottage Children is one of the very few attempts. Published outside of Earlom’s regular contract, it is signed with his pseudonym “Henry Birche.”