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Landscape with Gun and Tree

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 11 October 2019 in Art & Design.

The artist Cornelia Parker says "In Gainsborough's 'Mr and Mrs Andrews' a couple are posed under a tree. Mr Andrews carries a shotgun under his arm....."
He holds it nonchalantly. It's a picture reinforcing status and ownership. Ownership of the land and of his demure wife seated next to him.
Here the enormous gun leans against the tree possibly loaded. Make of that what you will :)