Discover where a National Gallery painting can take you
Annenberg Court, 8 June – 25 September 2016
Mr and Mrs Andrews is an informal portrait of the newly married Robert and Frances Andrews showing off their beautiful and well managed estate. Mr Andrews stands, confident and relaxed, with his hunting gun and retriever. Mrs Andrews is perched rather more stiffly on an elaborate garden bench with sinuous curving lines reflecting contemporary taste for Rococo design. It is intriguing that Gainsborough left a little of Mrs Andrews's lap unpainted; possibly this was reserved for an anticipated child.
Children's enquiries into the painting spanned past, present and future. Some schools used the painting as a springboard to study their own natural landscapes and local communities. They observed the fashions in clothes and in agricultural practice, and their responses included drawings, textiles and photography. This genre of portraiture, where the young couple are proudly displaying their status as wealthy landowners, also inspired creative writing, collage, sculpture and print-making.
Take One Picture is generously Supported by The Dorset Foundation, the Tavolozza Foundation, Christoph Henkel and CHK Charities Limited.
The schools represented in the 2016 display are:
Ashfield Infant & Nursery School, Cumbria
Baring Primary School, London
Brighton College Prep School, Brighton
Brooklands Farm Primary School, Milton Keynes
Crow Lane Primary and Foundation Stage School, Huddersfield
Exeter Junior School, Exeter
Greenfields Community Primary School, Kent
Hartsbourne Primary School, Hertfordshire
Holy Trinity and S. Silas C of E Primary School, London
King Edward's Junior School, Bath
Kings College School La Moraleja, Madrid (Spain)
Kingsmead Primary School in partnership with William Patten Primary School, London
Little Hallingbury C of E Primary School, Essex
Lobley Hill Primary School, Tyne and Wear
Loughton School, Milton Keynes
Moreton First at Moreton Hall School, Shropshire
Olney Infant Academy, Buckinghamshire
Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Essex
Ponteland First School, Newcastle upon Tyne
Shinfield St. Mary's C.E Junior School, Reading
St Cuthbert's C of E Primary School, Leicester
St Jude's Catholic Primary School, Hampshire
St Barnabas CE First and Middle School, Worcestershire
The Claypole Church of England Primary School, Nottinghamshire
The Perse Nursery and Pre-Prep School, Cambridge
The Queen's Lower School, Chester
Thomas's Kensington Preparatory School, London
Velmead Junior School, Hampshire
William Barnes Primary School, Dorset
Winton Primary School, Bournemouth
With the Take One network of museums and galleries, a project like this exists in every region of the country. To find a Take One project local to you, visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/take-one
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