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Other painters routinely toured rural England on sketching trips, but Gainsborough seems to have gone in search of spiritual sustenance as well as artistic material. His conception of the countryside as a place where life could be enjoyed "in quietness and ease" reflects the romantic sensibilities of his time-- particularly the ideal of rural retirement that colors much contemporary poetry. This poetic concept fed a burgeoning national nostalgia for the idyllic rusticity of a mythical "olde England," and also informed the genteel fantasy of cottage life as an existence of wholesome simplicity and robust health, rather than of poverty and hard labor. The artificiality of Gainsborough's concept of rural cottage life is suggested by the fact that although he began to record scenes of peasant families gathered outside their woodland cottages in the late 1760s, it was only after his 1774 move from Bath to London (when his distance from the countryside was greatest and the demands of his portrait practice most taxing) that he became deeply engaged in the theme as a vehicle for expressing the pleasurable sensations he associated with rural domesticity.

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The Huntington Store Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.