Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to sell painting after expert issues warning ‘never leave’

Antiques Roadshow: Guest can't part with painting of grandmother

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During a rerun of Antiques Roadshow, BBC host Fiona Bruce took viewers to Somerleyton Hall near Lowestoft where a number of guests brought their treasured items to be valued by the experts. Among the relics was a bracelet given to Queen Victoria and a paintbox that may have been owned by John Constable. However, it was a couple of paintings that caught the attention of expert Rupert.

The first painting brought to Rupert was a water-colour picture that was painted by Olive Hockin in 1914.

The guest explained: “It was my grandmother who trained at the Slade School of Art in central London.

“She liked to exhibit the Royal Academy. She had numerous paintings exhibited there.

“I inherited this from my late father 10 years ago,” the guest continued. “And I know very little about it.”

He explained to Rupert he had never met his grandmother as she sadly passed away before he was born.

“I do know all about her because I tried to buy two of her pictures a few years ago,” the expert admitted. “I looked her up and she is the most colourful character.

“She joined the Suffragette movement at a round about the same time this picture was painted.

“Sylvia Pankhurst was a friend of hers. She gave the movement some credibility in some ways.”

Rupert went on to reveal, the guest’s grandmother was sent to prison for trying to firebomb Prime Minister Lloyd George’s house.

When it came to valuing the item, Rupert believed the painting would fetch between £4,000 to £6,000.

The next painting to catch Rupert’s attention was a painting of one guest’s wife’s grandmother.

The guest explained his wife’s grandmother was called Dorothy Lucas used to be a Lady’s maid in the 1900s.

He went on to add that the woman Dorothy used to work for once had her portrait painted by an artist.

Although at the time, the artist was so taken aback by the maid’s beauty, she offered to paint her as well.

However, the guest went on to admit he had no idea who the artist was but they believed it was a woman.

“See that has sort of thrown me,” Rupert explained. “As I had a contender if it had been a male painter.”

“Obviously it is not signed,” Rupert continued. “And with a sketch-like that why would you sign it?

“It was done on impulse presumably.”

Rupert warned the guest he would need to track down the name of the artist to be sure of how much it was worth.

However, the expert went on to predict that if the picture was painted by Harrington Mann it could be worth up to £6,000.

However, things quickly took a turn when the guest said he would never sell the item.

“This would never leave the family, anyway,” the guest told Rupert.

Antiques Roadshow is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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