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Thomas Gainsborough The Blue Boy Step One The mediums employed by Gainsborough for this work are canvas and oil paint Step Two Description A The work depicts a young man approximately 15 years of age and by virtue of the clothing donned by him is of well to do status or is modeling the outfit as required by theartist The setting is out doors with a panoramic view a valley to the left of the boy No other people animals or inanimate objects are present in the painting The dark and blustery appearance of the sky seem to forebode stormy weather approaching or the approach of evening The boy maintains a casual stance and has a serene expression The boys outfit is predominately blue with buttons running almost the entire length of the center of the shirt portion The bottom of the shirt and the inside portion of the arms having no fasteners are slightly open revealing a white undergarment The region bordering the entire outfit is stitched with a delicate line of gold thread which includes the neck region arms wrists and legs The neck region of the shirt is adorned with a fine delicate white material which appears to function as a collar The pants are interrupted at the knee region where a pair of white leggings begin and travel into the boys shoes On each leg where the leggings begin there are what appears to be bows which indicate the leggings might be tied at this point with bows serving to anchor their position and allowing the lower portion of the material to be pulled down and held inside the shoe much the same as modern day socks or panty-hose function The right arm shows there to be white material which is hidden from view on the left arm The material resembles the collar in both color and delicate design intricately fashioned and probably serving as cuffs
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