Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s flagship project for primary schools. The works in this exhibition demonstrate the innovative ways in which schools have responded to Thomas Gainsborough’s Mr and Mrs Andrews.
The 21st annual 'Take One Picture' exhibition showcases work by children from across England and one school in Spain. From watercolours and lacemaking to ceramics and creative writing, the exhibition features a diverse range of works reflecting the richness of creative responses to this painting. Landscapes, culture, heritage, fashion, and design were just some of the themes explored by the children.
About the painting
'Mr and Mrs Andrews', which is on display in Room 35, portrays newly married Robert and Frances Andrews. Soon after his marriage Robert Andrews inherited the Suffolk estate of Auberies, the setting for this painting. His wife, born Frances Carter, was also from a local landowning family and the match consolidated the land held by both families. Robert Andrews has a gun under his arm, while Frances Andrews sits on an elaborate garden bench reflecting contemporary taste for Rococo design. Gainsborough left a little of Frances Andrews's lap unpainted; it is possible that this space was reserved for an anticipated child.
About Take One Picture
Launched in 1995, Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for primary schools. Each year the Gallery focuses on one painting from the collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. Each year an exhibition of work produced by schools based on the painting is shown at the National Gallery, and a selection is published on the Take One Picture website.