Gainsborough's 'Painter's Daughters with a Cat' and 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'

The unfinished

Date and time

Saturday 22 July, 2–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

Jacqui Ansell


£28/£26 conc./£24 Members

“To finish a work is to kill it,” said Picasso.

What can we learn from paintings left unfinished by their makers? In this series we explore ideas around the finished and the unfinished. What do we mean by the word ‘finish’, and how do we know when a painting is complete?

In this session we will ask why Gainsborough abandoned these canvases, and to what extent does their unfinished status tantalise our imagination?

Image above: Thomas Gainsborough, The Painter's Daughters with a Cat, probably about 1760–1