National Gallery attack: Man, 64, charged with slashing Thomas Gainsborough painting

Mark Chandler
Attack: The National Gallery: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A man has been charged with attacking a famous painting at the National Gallery.

Thomas Gainsborough’s 1785 artwork The Morning Wall was damaged on Saturday at around 2.15pm by a "sharp implement".

The gallery said two long scratches cut through the paint layers but did not damage the supporting canvas.

Keith Gregory, 63, was charged by police on Sunday with causing criminal damage to the painting.

Gregory, of no fixed address, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the gallery said the painting had been removed from display and was being examined by conservators to decide what to do with it.

Following the incident, the east wing of the gallery was evacuated and closed for two hours.