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Children Inspired by Thomas Gainsborough

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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