Ruislip based auction house Bainbridges will be offering a chalk and gouache drawing by Thomas Gainsborough for sale on Thursday, 2 July. Entitled Gypsy Encampment, Sunset and dated c1777-80, the drawing, first discovered by Bainbridges and following a year of research, has now been fully authenticated. The otherwise unknown drawing by Thomas Gainsborough has an impeccable provenance from the artist to the present owner. Initially recognised by an elderly Courtauld student and friend of the sale room, it was ultimately acknowledged by Dr Lyndsay Stainton, who was for many years a curator at the British Museum. Both experts were very excited to see it. It is a late work of a type known as a presentation drawing, measuring 22.5 x 32.2 cms. The large original oil painting, “Gypsy Encampment, Sunset” is on

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