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UK Auction/Some Fabulous Paintings

I have tons to post about, but I gotta parse it out to keep things interesting!  So here’s #1:

Christie’s has announced a sale of items from Cowdray Park in West Sussex.  Among the items will be this Gainsborough portrait that hasn’t been seen for 50 years:

Unfortunately the Christie’s site hasn’t been updated yet with details on all the individual items, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled!  Here’s an article about the sale from the Daily Mail, and the press release.

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  • Reply Hilary May 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Thanks so much for highlighting this! It’s hard to imagine anyone being able to part with a treasure like this, but I suppose 6 million pounds might ease the pain a little . . .
    I love that the subject is presented as beautiful and desirable, despite being obviously over 22. There’s the faintest hint of mischief in her expression.
    I also love the fringe at the bottom of her petticoat–saw some at Ft. Fred last weekend, and lusted madly after it, but couldn’t picture an application. Can now!

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