A few months ago on the Antiques Roadshow Father Jamie MacLeod, who runs a retreat house in north Derbyshire brought a painting that he had paid £400 for. Philip Mould the expert thought it may have been by Anthony Van Dyk but some restoration work and research needed to be done on it.
On tonight’s programme they unveiled it and gave the decision of Dr Christopher Brown, one of the world authorities on Van Dyke on whether it is or isn’t by him. They kept us on tenterhooks until the end of the programme but I had already read on BBC’s red button the outcome. It is a portrait of a Brussels merchant by Van Dyke and is valued at £4000,000
Father MacLeod plans to sell the painting and use the money to buy church bells to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. I hope it stays in this country as well when it does go to auction.
You can read more about it here