this article thanks to M from Alberti's Window. To summarize: art historian, Stephen Conrad bought a miniature at an auction, struck by the familiar face. He now believes that he is in possession of Thomas Gainsborough's first self-portrait. Conrad's evidence is the uncanny likeness and the fact that the miniature is painted in Sudbury around 1736/7 when Gainsborough would have been about ten years old. Conrad's suspicions seemed founded when on the back in a "childish script" was written, "Gainsboro."
Now could this sitter be a young Gainsborough? Absolutely. The facial features are congruent with Gainsborough's self-portraits. Is this a self-portrait? I highly doubt it.
I am curious to see where this discovery will go. What do you think?