The Art and Where to Find It

The Painter's Daughters with a Cat

Artist: Thomas Gainsborough

Location: The Source, High Street. The original is on display at The National Gallery, London.

An unfinished oil on canvas by the leading portrait painter in England in the later 18th century. It shows Gainsborough's two daughters, Mary and Margaret at the ages of around nine and ten. The painting is unfinished, but the outlines of a cat whose tail is being pulled can be seen on the lap of the elder girl. Thomas Gainsborough, The Painter's Daughters with a Cat Copyright The National Gallery, London.