Art expert stunned by one of the “best pictures ever seen on Antiques Roadshow”– a lost, important portrait by Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Antiques Roadshow on BBC One this Sunday (25 September, 8.00pm) features a stunning discovery described as “one of the best pictures ever seen” by Antiques Roadshow pictures expert Rupert Maas.
Rupert Maas said: “Alma-Tadema was a Victorian Neoclassical painter, whose paintings inspired Cecil B de Mille - he is the most valuable Victorian artist today.”
The portrait, featuring the engraver Leopold Löwenstam, was brought to Antiques Roadshow’s filming day at Arley Hall, near Norwich, in Cheshire in June by the subject’s great-great grandson.
He told Rupert Maas: "My great-great grandfather (Leopold Löwenstam) and the artist were close family friends and my great-great grandmother was the governess of Tadema’s children. The portrait was a wedding present in 1883 and it was exhibited at the Royal Academy a year later in 1884."
Rupert said: “Tadema holds the record for a Victorian painting at $36 million for an enormous picture sold in New York a few years ago. This one doesn't quite reach that because it's not of a Neoclassical subject and it's not huge. But it is very, very good, and shows another, more painterly side of his work than the girls in togas sitting on marble benches that he is known for. I think this might be one of the best pictures we've ever seen on the Roadshow in its entire history. There are hardly any portraits of engravers at work at all, and this is one of the most telling and beautiful."