Arts minister stops new owner of £8m painting from taking it out of UK

Arts minister stops new owner of £8m Thomas Gainsborough painting from taking it out of the country in the hope it will be saved by a British investor

  • Painting worth £8million has been temporarily blocked from being exported 
  • New owner wanted to take painting by Thomas Gainsborough out of Britain
  • The 1773 work depicts a group travelling on horseback through the countryside 

An attempt to remove an £8million Thomas Gainsborough painting from the country has been blocked in the hope that a UK gallery or museum will save it for the nation.

The 1773 work Going To Market, Early Morning, pictured, was sold by a private seller in July and its new owner wanted to take it out the country.

But now a temporary export bar has been placed on it to allow for money to be raised to buy it for the UK.

The 1773 work Going To Market, Early Morning, pictured, was sold by a private seller in July and its new owner wanted to take it out the country

The ban is in place until March but could be extended to September if a serious fund-raising effort is made.

The work depicts a group travelling on horseback through the countryside, passing by a destitute mother with a baby.

Arts minister Helen Whately said it was a ‘superb’ painting and ‘I hope a UK buyer can be found so we can find a new home for it in our national collection’.

An attempt to remove an £8million Thomas Gainsborough painting from the country has been blocked. The artist is pictured above in a portrait

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