Expert Art authentication authenticity investigation, authentication investigatory British Art authentication and the authentication of British  oil paintings and water colours, English school art authenticators

Reynolds art authentication

 

 

British art authentication experts

HOME

British  Art   and  Paintings

Freemanart Consultancy

Authenticating  British  Art

 

Authenticating British art Nelson

ADMIRAL   LORD   NELSON

 

 

 

 

  Soft green pastoral landscapes, noble portraits of the great and famous. Fine sporting works depicting horses and hounds, of hunting and hunters. Historically, that is the essence of the art of Britain.

Surely British art must be safe from the fakers?

Not so I am afraid, it's been going on for years and it continues!

 

George Morland art authentication     Blinks art authentication

  

The targets for the art fakers these days may well have changed and now includes the British Naïve school, works such as those created by Alfred Wallace and Joan Gilchrest and the pretty but primitive animal portraiture of prize bulls, old spot pigs and sheep. After all, they are relatively easy to fake. Unlike a John Constable, a Reynolds or Thomas Gainsborough you may think. But they all have one thing in common.

They make a great deal of money and the fakers do too!

 

Blinks original                                                   George Morland fake

 

English school naive art folk art authentication      Thomas Sydney Cooper art authentication

English Naïve school                                 Thomas Sydney Cooper

 

Reynolds authentication

A Reynolds? NO!

 

 

 

 

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

He was eventually caught out by forensics, comparative study and simple expertise. Most are.

In this though, he just made a silly mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Gainsborough (1727- 88) Or not ?

CASE STUDY:

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

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

 Here on the right, 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.

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

The '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.

Fake Thomas Gainsborough signature

 

Thomas Gainsborough authentication experts

 

 

Below: A comparable but authentic Gainsborough landscape

Authentic Thomas Gainsborogh landscape painting

 

 


 

 

 

 Detail, forged Gainsborough signature

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

Sophie Gengembre Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

Commonly faked British artists faked art includes:

 

Authenticating, watercolour, oil, paintings, from Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire.
Laurence Stephen Lowry

Fake Lowry painting

L S Lowry Fake

 

Sir Alfred Munnings

British sporting artist

 


Any pastoral landscape that you can add a better name to!

 

 
Such as the British artist John Constable

John Constable Fake Landscape

John Constable Fake signature

 

 

Keating fake Constable Haywain

Keating fake Constable Haywain

 

John Crome

 

John Crome fake by Tom Keating

 

George Morland

Extensively faked

George Morland authentication

George Morland authentic painting

 

John Fernley, both Senior and Junior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER OFTEN FAKED BRITISH ARTISTS INCLUDE:

:

John Fernley Junior - Fake painting

Authentic oil painting - John Fernley Junior

John Frederick Herring

 

 

Portrait Miniatures

 

 

Samuel Palmer

Samuel Palmer original painting

Samuel Palmer original painting

Thomas Bush Hardy  
David Roberts  

Joseph Mallord William Turner

 

Thomas Sidney Cooper

 
English Naïve school animal paintings  

Alfred Wallace and Joan Gilchrist

 

 

Even Plymouth's Robert Lenkiewicz is now being faked!

 

Robert Lenkiewicz art authentication

Lenkiewicz alleged fake 

Tom Keatings own fakes........fakes which are also now being faked themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

Before you begin a Full Scale Art Authentication Project:

 

 Art authentication is not about guesswork and certainly not about wishful opinion.

It is a world where there is little room for conjecture and is all about reality.

 

 Most normal human beings are naturally guided here by a dream. A dream that what they have  may just be something special after all. They are beguiled by that magical possibility. A possibility that what they believe to be true, what they have been told is true or what they want to believe is true, is actually true!

But do remember, with authentication, that dream has to be absolutely proven. Just like a case placed before a court of law.

In court, any case must be proven and adjudged convincingly, without a shadow of doubt and proven in many different ways; academically, forensically and in reality. All of this has to be achievable before the the work can be pronounced absolutely authentic.

 Before you get into the procedures minefield which can evolve with art authentication, a field which may be both financially and emotionally taxing, it is more than wise to be realistic about the issue and have an independent 'preliminary assessment' conducted first.

 A pre authentication assessment, is a professional assessment which is based upon reality. It balances the viability of your work of art and its background and assesses the possibility based on our past experiences, that the case may be realistically followed through and eventually possibly be proven.  

The advice you get will be invaluable and based upon the simple question; Is there any reality in the possibility that the work of art could be right, can we diminish the risks and do we have any serious chance achieving our objective?

If a project is literally not achievable and not provable, surely it would be sensible to know that from the start!

 Such an assessment then allows the client to make a wiser, considered decision and apply a greater degree of sensibility in taking the leap into a staged, full blown authentication investigation.

It makes a great deal of sense.

CONTACT US for that advice.

 

 

 

 

Freemanart:  Expert  in the  Fine  Art of  Authentication.

 The Freemanart Consultancy specialise in art authentication and have art experts who specialise in British, Irish, and Scottish works of art.

 We are specifically here to assist you with both valuations of English and Scottish art works and Authentication and Attribution issues from our offices, laboratories and bases in England.

 

For further details on ART Authentication and Attribution Investigations in General Click Here

 

To Contact Freemanart  Click Here:

 

 

TOP

 

 
LINKS TO SPECIALISMS / GENRES
 
     

OLD MASTER ART

EUROPEAN ART - AUTHENTICATION
SCOTTISH ART
ITALIAN ART
CUBAN ART AUTHENTICATION
   

 

 

     
     
 
Specialist Expertise by Artist
 
     

PICASSO PABLO

APPEL KAREL
BRANCUSI SCULPTURE AUTHENTICATION
BOUDIN EUGENE
CEZANNE PAUL
CHAGALL MARC
CORNEILLE & the COBRA MOVEMENT
MONDRIAN PIET
PISSARRO CAMILLE
VAN GOGH 
SPENLOVE-SPENLOVE
JOAN MIRO
CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF
     
     

BEYOND WILDENSTEIN - THE  GAUGUIN INDEX

1871-1884 | 1885- 1888 1889 - 1890 | 1891 - 1893 | 1894 - 1896 | 1897 - 1899 | 1900 - 1903

 
 
CURRENT INVESTIGATIONS

 

     

 

OTHER AREAS OF FINE ART EXPERTISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Art Authentication Experts & the investigation of English, Scottish & Irish art | Forgery Identification - Forensic services | Identifying fake works of art, landscapes, portraits, seascape paintings. Authenticating British Art. Art Authentication experts UK - Art Fraud investigations, identification of fake paintings. Examples of British Fakes. Gainsborough fake case study.

KEYS:

authentication, authenticating, authenticate British, British art, art, painting, landscape, portrait, Gainsborough, fake, Gainsborough fake, Scottish, Lowry, faker, oil painting, forensic, signature, fake signature, landscapes, portraits, authentication experts, expert, portrait,
John Constable, Reynolds, Moreland, Alfred Wallace, Blinks, Thomas Sydney Cooper, Cooper, Joan Gilchrest, English Naïve school, authentic Gainsborough landscape, authentic Gainsborough, Gainsborough landscape, Barker, Bath, Keating, Crome, Fernley, , John Frederick Herring, Portrait Miniatures, Samuel Palmer, Herring, Thomas Bush Hardy, David Roberts, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Turner, Robert Lenkiewicz,
Attribution, investigation, investigations, investigator, UK, England

 

Authenticating, watercolour, oil, paintings, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire. Landscape, portrait, sporting, horses, hunt, animals, dog, genre,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keys: authentication, authenticating, authenticate British, British art, art, painting, landscape, portrait, Gainsborough, fake, Gainsborough fake, Scottish, Lowry, faker, oil painting, forensic, signature, fake signature, landscapes, portraits, authentication experts, expert, portrait,

John Constable, Reynolds, Moreland, Alfred Wallace, Blinks, Thomas Sydney Cooper, Cooper, Joan Gilchrest, English Naïve school, authentic Gainsborough landscape,  authentic Gainsborough,  Gainsborough landscape, Barker, Bath, Keating, Crome, Fernley, , John Frederick Herring, Portrait Miniatures, Samuel Palmer, Herring, Thomas Bush Hardy, David Roberts, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Turner, Robert Lenkiewicz,

Attribution, investigation, investigations, investigator, UK, England

British Art Authentication Experts & the investigation of English, Scottish & Irish art | Forgery Identification - Forensic services | Identifying fake works of art, landscapes, portraits, seascape paintings

Authenticating British Art. Art Authentication experts UK - Art Fraud investigations, identification of fake paintings. Examples of British Fakes. Gainsborough fake case study.