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Mr. and Mrs. Andrews

1750: National Gallery at London

Gainsborough's pleasure in the Suffolk landscape is evident here. Indeed the picture is as much a portrait of the Andrew's rolling farmland at Auberies as it is of the young couple. Mr and Mrs Andrews are both looking directly at the artist (a very demanding attitude for the portraitist), but the artist has caught his sitters perfectly. Gainsborough allows us to look into their eyes and with his brush, he tells us what kind of people they are, almost even what they are thinking : a bland-faced new husband trying to look as nonchalant as an experienced lord of the manor, and his pretty wife sitting beside him with a firm and steady gaze that suggests a forceful character behind her girlish facade.
 
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