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The Authentication of Paintings & Drawings by Thomas Gainsborough

 

 

 

 One example of a Gainsborough fake, is told through an interesting investigation we conducted into an alleged Thomas Gainsborough oil landscape. One where the faker made some pretty basic errors of judgement.

 

 

 

 

^Fake Gainsborough signature

^Thomas Gainsborough (1727- 88) Or not ?

 

CASE STUDY:

 

 Thomas Gainsborough was principally a great & famous English painter of noble portraits, landscapes and 'fancy' pictures.
Blue Boy for instance which is known the world over is one of his masterpieces.

Clearly he was one of the most individual geniuses in British art history, both successful and valuable in real terms.

 Above, is what was truly believed by its owner to be a Gainsborough landscape painting in oil on canvas of figures on a mountain track by a stream and why not, it had been in the family a century.

It's a typically 'Gainsborough-esque' landscape you might say and one backed up with long term provenance.

The so called 'Gainsborough' painting had been cleaned but the conservator was reticent to clean the signature area for fear of damaging it. So the discoloured old varnish can still be seen covering it. Obviously it's been there for a very long time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 If you take a much closer look at the signature (above) you will very clearly see pencil lines appearing underneath the painted letters. T - G and the a of the name.

 

"Now who signs a painting first in pencil and then goes over it with paint?"

 

 It's patently obvious. Someone who is trying to make a painting bearing a different signature something much more special, important and valuable by adding the name Gainsborough to it.  And all this happened over 100 years ago!

 Note: The painting probably started life as an unsigned landscape by noted Gainsborough emulator and follower Thomas Barker of Bath and was picked up cheaply at auction at the turn of the 19th Century, then magic'd its way into league division 1 with the inclusion of Gainsborough's falsely copied signature.

 

 

^Legitimate Gainsborough - View Outside Sudbury
Thomas Gainsborough, mid 1740s

Private Collection / Credit Photo © Philip Mould Ltd, London / The Bridgeman Art Library

 

 So is it a real Thomas Gainsborough painting you have tucked away in the closet or under the bed that Grandma swore was real ? Or is it another early mistake made by the experts who thought it was a Gainsborough that got away. Experts who got it very wrong by today's standards and didn't spot that it was something just painted in his style?

It could always actually be a down and out fake Gainsborough you know, there were lots of course as his works were sought after. Today they are emerging as a long lost collection which suddenly are rediscovered masterpieces... Or perhaps it's just an innocent amateur copy, or even a replica of one of his pictures done by somone else, famous or not so famous, even someone from the far east? 

 

 Well you won't know till you do know and you can't do that from behind a desk somewhere and certainly not by looking in a book or trawling the internet till you fall to sleep with fatigue .

So take advise from those who specialise in all Old and Modern Master authentication investigations before you start investing a lot of money on what could be a wild goose chase.

 

 

 Before entering into a full investigation of the legitimacy of a work of art you believe may be by Thomas Gainsborough, be it simply academic, forensic or as with most cases, both, it is essential to know if the project is at all viable in the long term and more importantly, likely to be provable. Much as you would need to know if you were taking a legal case to court.

Logically, if it is not, you should not even attempt it, as the risk of failure is too high.

 

 So at the Freemanart Consultancy, with 43 years of international experience in fine art authentication investigations under our belt, we always prefer to make a preliminary and vital professional pre authentication assessment for clients first. This is based upon the images you supply and the full details and the work of art's history and provenance.

This is a logical and cost effective professional assessment and advisory for which there is a modest set fee. Then you'll know exactly where you stand.

Please see our FAQ's which explains the process in detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Freemanart Consultancy specialise in art authentication processes and are experts in Old and  Modern Master paintings and drawings and in particular the art of Gainsborough.

We are specifically here to assist you with all Gainsborough authentication issues, investigations and research.

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