Gainsborough and the Real Professor Moriarty

by Matthew Innis |

In September 1841, a significant discovery was made when a theretofore missing painting by Thomas Gainsborough was found hanging in the parlor of Mrs. Anne Maginnis, a retired schoolmistress living in England.  The picture was a circa 1787 portrait of Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), 5th Duchess of Devonshire – a woman “once celebrated as the fairest and wickedest in all of…

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