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"The Market Cart" by Thomas Gainsborough: Rural English Society

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The Market Cart 1786 The Market Cart by Thomas Gainsborough is set in the scenery of rural England in 1786. The work is currently at home in National Gallery, London. The painting is of country folk returning their farm goods from the market. Within the work you can find a wood cutter picking up faggots, a family on the way to their market, and a trustworthy dog walking along the horse. It is a peaceful scenery with large oaks and nice weather that is about to turn into evening. It is a family tired, making their way home, after a long day traveling to and from the local market. Thomas Gainsborough was a child prodigy that learned the love for art from his mother and was found painting nearly everything within his neighborhood. His father, John Gainsborough, was a cloth merchant in Sudbury, Suffolk. Thomas studied under Hayman in London and then moved on to continue his occupation. Around the age of 20 Thomas married Margaret Burr the illegitimate daughter of the