This portrait is the masterpiece of Gainsborough's early years. It was painted after his return home from London to Suffolk in 1748, soon after the marriage of Robert Andrews of the Auberies and Frances Carter of Ballingdon House, near Sudbury in November of that year.

The landscape evokes Robert Andrew's estate, to which his marriage added property. He has a gun under his arm, while his wife sits on an elaborate Rococo-style wooden bench. The painting of Mrs Andrews' lap is unfinished. The space may have been reserved for a child for Mrs Andrews to hold.

The painting follows the fashionable convention of the conversation piece, a (usually) small-scale portrait showing two or more people, often out of doors. The emphasis on the landscape here allows Gainsborough to display his skills as a painter of convincingly changing weather and naturalistic scenery, still a novelty at this time.

Close-up detail Mr and Mrs Andrews Prints are also available below.

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Product Code NG6301
artist Thomas Gainsborough

Mr and Mrs Andrews Print

Thomas Gainsborough

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  • 10 November 2010

    Review by: PATRICIA HEALD

    a BEAUTIFUL PAINTING AND MUCH ADMIRED AS ALL PAINTINGS BY GAINSBOROUGH ARE . HE ISBY FAR MY FAVOURITE ARTIST
  • 10 November 2010

    Review by: patricia heald

    beautiful painting my daughter is married to mr Andrews so the picture will be welcomed