OIL PAINTING: Fen Bridge Lane, c.1782
Gainsborough made a lot of landscape drawings as well as oil paintings .Gainsborough was the only important English portrait painter to devote much time to landscape drawing. He composed a great many drawings in a variety of mediums including chalk, pen and wash, and watercolour, some of them varnished. Gainsborough was always eager to find new papers and new techniques. Gainsborough produced a magic lantern to give striking lighting effects; the box is still in the Victoria and Albert Museum, together with some of the slides. In addition Gainsborough made a series of soft-ground etchings and aquatints. Gainsborough never sold his drawings and, although many of them are closely related to pictures, they are not studies in the ordinary sense but works of art in their own right.