Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy oil painting is a classic period work which has become one of the most famous British paintings of that time, and also a popular choice as art reproduction for those looking to add some classic British art to their own homes.
Gainsborough was most famous for depicting full length portraits of high-standing people of the era with complex landscapes set across the background, which was relatively unusual at that time.
The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough is a portrait of a young man, believed to be Jonathan Buttall, the son of a wealthy hardware merchant. This was never fully confirmed, however.
Gainsborough is believed to have been influenced throughout his career by the workings of Van Dyck, and The Blue Boy offers great similarities to Van Dyck's portrait of Charles II when a boy.
Thomas Gainsborough was just one of several key British artists from traditional movements such as Renaissance, Baroque and Romanticism who helped develop British artists.
JMW Turner was a key painter from the latter, and you can find Turner prints here.
For those interested in famous British oil paintings, you may also like the Fighting Temeraire by William Turner.
It features a classic Turner Romanticist seascape and remains that artist's most loved painting.
List of Famous Thomas Gainsborough Paintings
Aside from The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainborough also produced the following famous British oil paintings:
- Mr and Mrs Andrews
- Mr and Mrs William Hallett
- Mrs Thomas Hibbert
- Landscape in Suffolk
- Two Daughters with a Cat
- The Artist's Daughters, Molly and Peggy
- Portrait of the Composer Carl Friedrich Abel with his Viola da Gamba
- Johann Christian Bach
- John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll
- The Harvest Wagon
- Lady in Blue
- Gainsborough's Daughter Mary
- Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
- The Harvest Wagon
- Mrs. Sarah Siddons
- Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
- Cottage Girl with Dog and pitcher
- River Landscape
- The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly
- Her Grace Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire