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"... it isn't always apparent where flattery ends and irony begins. I... cannot look at his portraits without thinking how ghastly many of his sitters and clients probably were. To which one can add that the monied and frequently frivolous, the dissipated, vain and ostentatious people who commissioned portraits from the artist marked themselves out for his attention, and that at some level Gainsborough's paintings were a defence against them."
~ excerpted, Adrian Searle
for The Guardian Unlimited
Adrian Searle, for The Guardian Unlimited