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The Authentication of  Paintings and Drawings believed to be by Thomas Gainsborough

 

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

 

^Fake Gainsborough signature

 

 

 

 

Thomas Gainsborough (1727- 88) Or not ?

 

CASE STUDY:

 

 Thomas Gainsborough was a famous English painter of noble portraits, landscapes and 'fancy' pictures. The painting Blue Boy for instance,

which is known the world over is one of his masterpieces.

Clearly Gainsborough was one of the most individual geniuses in British art history, a mfounder member of the Royal Academy and both a successful and a wealthy man.

 Above, is what was truly believed by its owner to be a Gainsborough landscape painting. An oil on canvas of figures on a mountain track by a stream and why should it not be believed, it had been in the family a century. It's a typically 'Gainsborough-esque' landscape and one backed up with long term provenance and it is signed.

The so called 'Gainsborough' painting had been cleaned and restored 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 Now take a much closer look at the signature (above right) you will very clearly see pencil lines appearing underneath the painted letters. T - G and the 'a' of the name. And that varnish has been there a very long time.

But what sort of artist signs a painting first in pencil and then goes over it with paint? The answer is obvious. Someone who is trying to make a painting, either bearing a different signature or none at all, something much more special, important and valuable, by adding the name Gainsborough to it.  And all this happened over a century ago!

 

We think that the painting could well have 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. It then found its way into league division one with the inclusion of Gainsborough's falsely copied signature.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 


STEP ONE IN THE AUTHENTICATION PROCESS

 Before entering into a full investigation of legitimacy of any work of art, it is essential to consider the viability of the project in a balanced and clear way.

With that in mind, we prefer to conduct a professional assessment of the merits of the work in question first.

It is an important primary study at the start of the authentication process, based upon your images, the details of the work of arts history and provenance as is known to you and any previous research that you may have already conducted.

You will then be in a much better position to judge if the project is after all worthwhile.

A logical and cost effective professional assessment for which there is a modest set fee.


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ART AUTHENTICATION EXPERTISE BY ARTIST
       
APPEL KAREL
BRANCUSI   CONSTANTIN
BOUVARD  - Famile.
CEZANNE PAUL
CHAGALL MARC
CORNEILLE  Guillaume Beverloo
COROT CAMILE
CORTES EDOUARD
CROME JOHN
DE KOONING WILLEM
DEGAS EDGAR
DOU GERRIT
DUFY RAOUL
GAINSBOROUGH Thomas
GRIS JUAN
KHALO FRIDA
KIRCHNER  ERNST LUDWIG
LAM  WILFREDO
LEGER FERNAND
LIEBERMAN  MAX
MATISSE HENRI
MALEVICH  KAZIMIR
MIRO JOAN
MONDRIAN   PIET
MONET CLAUDE
MORISOT BERTHE
PISSARRO CAMILLE
POPPELMAN PETER
REMBRANDT VAN  RIJN
RENOIR PIERRE
REYNOLDS JOSHUA
ROUSSEAU THEODORE
SPENLOVE-SPENLOVE FRANK
TITIAN / TIZIANO
TURNER J. M. W.
VAN GOGH VINCENT 
VLAMINCK  MAURICE de
VOUILLARD EDOUARD
CONYERS BARKER
HUGHES Derrick
GAUGUIN INDEXES
KLINE FRANZ
ROBERT MOTHERWELL
PECHSTEIN MAX
ROUALT GEORGE
BUFFET BERNARD
MUNNINGS Sir Alfred James
FRAGONARD Jean Honore
GREUZE  Jean Baptiste
DAUMIER HONORE
KREGTEN FEDOR van
CSALLOKOZI Farkas Lőrinc
EDOUARD MANET
Johannes Molzahn
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