A Life Thwarted by Desire - James Hamilton on Gainsborough

on 22 September 2017.

Thomas Gainsborough

Acclaimed author and art historian, James Hamilton will be appearing at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 28th September at 7.30pm to discuss his latest work, Gainsborough: A Portrait in what looks set to be a fascinating evening.

An enigma of his time, Thomas Gainsborough was a man of many guises: easy-going Suffolk lad transported into London’s high society, destined to rise his family to fortune but at great personal cost. A volatile and libidinous character, Gainsborough had a visceral aversion to painting portraits of London’s self-obsessed aristocracy and struggled to relinquish the shackles of his suffocating marriage. His is a story of a man thwarted - trapped by his own talents and ensnared in an unhappy marriage.

The critics have been fulsome in their praise:

“His book is gorgeously illustrated and compulsively readable — the pages seem to turn themselves” - The Times

“Highly readable and brilliantly reconstructed”. “Hamilton is a first-rate historian,” -The Spectator

Gainsborough: A Portrait “brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life” - The Literary Review

James Hamilton’s talk is part of Hungerford’s Visual Arts Trail and. Tickets £6 includes a glass of wine and £5 off the book on the night. Either click here or purchase directly from Hungerford bookshop - 01488 683480.

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