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New Gainsborough painting found

Cornard Wood by Gainsborough
The painting had been wrongly catalogued in an American auction

A newly discovered landscape painting by the 18th Century Suffolk artist Thomas Gainsborough has been unveiled.

Cornard Wood was found by London art dealer Philip Mould at an auction in America, where it had been mistakenly catalogued as another artist's work.

The picture, thought to have been painted when the artist was about 13, shows a scene in Cornard Wood near Gainsborough's boyhood home in Sudbury.

The painting is on display this month at Gainsborough's House in the town.

'Thrilling' hunt

Diane Perkins, director of Gainsborough's House said: "The discovery of this early painting of Cornard Wood has been a major one in terms of recent Gainsborough scholarship.

"It is both appropriate and very exciting that the picture should be unveiled at the artist's birthplace museum."

Philip Mould, who discovered the painting said: "This was a thrilling historical art hunt that took me from Los Angeles to Cornard Wood itself, which still stands.

"It has long been known that Gainsborough was a juvenile genius but this period of his productivity has been rather overlooked by modern scholars."

The painting had originally been catalogued as being by a follower of Jacob van Ruisdael, a 17th Century Dutch artist.

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