This portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck, a spectacular discovery for the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’, will carry an estimate of £300,000-500,000 at Christie’s Old Master sale on July 8.
The painting was bought 12 years ago by Father Jamie MacLeod
from an antiques shop in Cheshire for just £400.
The sketch was largely obscured by later overpaint but recent
cleaning and restoration - followed in a special BBC show broadcast
last December - revealed a swiftly executed head study consistent
with three other known sketches for the Magistrates of
Brussels, van Dyck's full-length group portrait painted in
The picture hung in the Brussels Town Hall until it was
destroyed during the French bombardment of the city in 1695. The
proceeds of the sale will go towards the acquisition of new church
bells for Whaley Hall Ecumenical Retreat House in Derbyshire to
commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
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