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Thomas Gainsborough

1727 - 1788

Wooded Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep by Thomas Gainsborough

Wooded Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep   1760

  Etching by an unknown hand, with Gainsborough’s name in the plate.
With Gainsborough’s name in the plate.
Ref: Hayes Gainsborough as Printmaker, pp.7-8 (illus.6).
S 160 x 126 mm; P& I 127 x 100 mm
Extremely rare early etching previously attributed to Thomas Gainsborough.

For many years this early etching, inscribed in the plate “Gainsbro 1760”, was ascribed to Thomas Gainsborough’s own hand. It was accepted by Hind but raised Shaw Sparrow’s suspicions and has been rejected as an original work by John Hayes. Hayes discusses this etching at some length on pages 7-8 of his leading reference work Gainsborough as Printmaker, concluding that it is the work of an unidentified “early nineteenth century etcher working in the Sandby tradition, reproducing either a lost Gainsborough subject or a subject thought at the time to be by Gainsborough”.

On cream wove paper with margins. Generally very good original condition.