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Thomas Gainsborough

Art’s iconic ‘Blue Boy’ gets major 250th birthday makeover

In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo The Huntington’s senior paintings conservator, Christina O’Connell, examines “The Blue Boy” painting, made around 1770 by the English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), through a Haag-Streit surgical microscope at “Project Blue Boy” exhibit in the Thornton Portrait Gallery at The Huntington in San Marino, …