Export bar placed on Gainsborough work by minister
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An oil painting by renowned Suffolk landscape artist Thomas Gainsborough could leave Britain unless a UK buyer comes forward for the £8 million work.
Arts minister Helen Whately has placed a temporary export bar on Gainsborough's Going To Market, Early Morning in the hope a UK gallery or museum can acquire it for the nation.
The picture was painted in 1773 and depicts a group travelling on horseback through the countryside passing by a destitute mother with a baby.
The recommended price is £7,961,000 plus £234,200 VAT, but offers from public bodies for less "may also be considered", the department added.
Ms Whately said: "Gainsborough is one of the greatest British landscape artists and his work still wows audiences more than 250 years later.
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"This piece is a superb example and I hope a UK buyer can be found so we can find a new home for this work in our national collection."
The decision on the export licence application for the painting will be deferred until March 22 2020.
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This could be extended until September 22 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase it is made, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport added.
Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury in 1727 and was a founder member of the Royal Academy. He later became a favourite painter of King George III.
The house where he was born in Sudbury is now the Gainsborough's House gallery and museum, where work is currently underway on a £9 million development project.
Once complete it will be the largest gallery in Suffolk, providing spaces for exhibitions, displays and learning with four new galleries.
As a result of the work a total of 63 pieces from Gainsborough's House have gone on display at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.