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The discovery of a lost double portrait and a mystery finally solved...
The vast majority of 19th century paintings are signed. Thus, it is not surprising that unfinished and unsigned paintings are often ignored by the market.
In my eyes, the quality of this curious double portrait was too high to leave unattributed. Led by nothing more than a dusty gallery label on the frame, I decided to take on the mystery. After following various research paths and in close collaboration with Christie’s in London, the sitters were identified and the painting triumphantly emerged as a double portrait by Edwin Landseer - lost for almost a century. Sold at auction in London for 122,000 GBP.
Double portrait of the Hons Mary Isabella and Cecile Katherine Carrington
unfinished oil on canvas
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