Basic painting
The Blue Boy
Real name The Blue Boy
Artist Thomas Gainsborough
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The basic painting is a painting from the Animal Crossing series. In City Folk, it is a spotlight item from Tom Nook's Store and is also available in Redd's shop.

The painting in real life is called The Blue Boy and was painted in 1770 by Thomas Gainsborough who was from Sudbury, Suffolk, England. It is an oil painting and is currently seen in Huntington Library, San Marino, California. It is considered one of Gainsborough's most well known works, although not much is thoroughly known about it. The subject is believed to be the son of a wealthy merchant. Although the reason for its creation is unknown, it was generally stated by some painters who reported after Gainsborough's death that the artist himself had gotten into a discussion on whether or not a predominant color of blue on an earthy background could result in a fine painting.[1] The Blue Boy demonstrates Gainsborough's ability of balancing cool colors with the contrasting warm ones and was most likely dedicated to another painter, Anthony van Dyck, whom he admired. It has been popularly known due to its outrageous price of about $725,000 (about 9 million dollars in 21st century standards).

Painting information

Item Name Buy Price Sell Price Available From
Basic painting 3,920
490 Crazy Redd
Tom Nook
Note: Prior to New Leaf, paintings did not have visual differences between forged and genuine versions. Therefore, paintings given to Blathers were fake or authentic at random.


The forged painting has a man with both hands on his hips, whereas the genuine has one hand on the hip.
Basic Painting (forgery)
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  1. Information generally derived from Thomas Gainsborough by William Thomas Whitely