A young girl with short hair and ragged clothes stands in a classic landscape. She holds a jug in one hand and a small dog in her other arm. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

The Cottage Girl Art Print

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A child in ragged clothing has come from a cottage to take water from a brook. She stands forlornly, holding a broken earthenware pitcher in one hand and a dog in the other. During the 1780s, Gainsborough painted almost twenty 'fancy pictures' of rustic figures, often children, set in Arcadian, imaginary landscapes. These emotive works struck a deep chord with the British public, appealing to the contemporary taste in art, literature and gardening for picturesque rural idylls, at a time when the poetry of William Wordsworth was gaining popularity.

National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.


Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm (including white border)


Original Painting Information

Thomas Gainsborough, English, 1727-1788

The Cottage Girl, 1785

Oil on canvas, 174 x 124.5 cm

Presented, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, 1987 (Beit Collection)



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