An album with valuable drawings made by the artist Thomas Gainsborough were found in the Windsor Castle. 25 black and white Cretaceous sketches include painting displaying landscapes, animals and trees, as well as a scratch of the painting "Cornard Forest" of 1748, which is currently placed in the National Gallery of London.

The drawings were found in a leather album of drawings owned by Sir Edwin Landseer. In 1874 the album was gifted to Queen Victoria, who was a fan of Landseer. Note that the artist became famous thanks to the sculptures of bronze lions in Trafalgar Square. Since then, Gainsborough's sketches have been placed on the shelf in the Book Room of the Royal Library in Windsor Castle, waiting for someone to estimate the value of these works.

"It took me years before I realized that these works belong to Gainsborough," commented historian Lindsay Stainton, who also confirmed the authorship of the sketches being interviewed to the BBC channel.

Back in the 90s, Stainton recognized the similarities between the paintings and the work of the famous 18th-century painter, but that was only after studying a photo for Cornard Wood, the historian realized that these sketches actually belonged to Gainsborough.

In 1995, the drawings were re-evaluated and cataloged as "from the Gainsborough circle or the Norwich school", since Landseer's attribution was "absolutely unfounded".

Stainton was able to finally make sure of her assumptions when she applied the sketch to the finished "Cornard Forest" landscape drawing, which now decorates the National Gallery. These two works are "almost identical."

Interesting! The representatives of the Royal Collection refused to comment on the cost of the sketches, but, according to the database of Artnet prices, similar sketches made by the artist were evaluated at a 7 number price. Thus, another similar drawing in 2013 was sold at Sotheby's auction in London for $ 2.67 million.