A portrait of a girl adopted by the only surviving son of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly is to go under the hammer in Knightsbridge.
The watercolour of Bessie Florence, known as 'Floss', is estimated to sell for between £3,000 and £4,000 at Bonhams sale of Fine Portrait Miniatures on November 19.
The artwork by Reginald Easton is likely to have been painted close to Boscombe Manor on the Dorset coast, where Floss was raised by Percy and his novelist second wife, Mary Shelley née Wollstonecraft Godwin.
Floss encountered considerable heartbreak during her adult life, outliving her husband and four of their six children. Their youngest, Leopold, was lost at sea aboard an Australian submarine in 1914, aged twenty-five, and Sir Percy Shelley died the following year.
Her final years were spent in slight isolation at Penenden House, in Boxley near Maidstone before she died in 1934. Some say her tragic life might have made a dark poem.
He had the dubious reputation of being the world's most prolific art forger. Until his death, Eric Hebborn churned out works in the style of the old masters - Rubens, Van Dyck and even Michelangelo.
His paintings were so convincing he fooled experts in some of the top international galleries. But how did he do it?
Clues to the answer are revealed as some of his sketches go on auction tomorrow in Wiltshire. Here's Martin Dowse.
A haul of sketches and paintings by one of the world's most prolific art forgers - whose work was often described as more beautiful than the original, has been put up for sale.
Eric Hebborn duped art dealers and galleries world-wide with his paintings in the style of Renaissaince greats such as Rubens , Van Dyck, Corot and Michelangelo.
His work was so convincing that dealers sold them on as genuine originals, and much of his undetected work still hangs in galleries and museums around the world.
The Brighton Photo Biennial is the largest international photography festival in the country, attracting around 100,000 visitors to the city every two years.
Andy Dickenson has taken a look behind the scenes and speaks to Biennial director Celia Davies, and artists Kalpesh Lathigra and Simon Faithfull.
A German artist has sparked an extraordinary 'gold rush' on the Kent coast. Hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach at Folkestone Harbour to search for buried bullion.
Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival. A few fortune-hunters have struck gold. But 20-plus of the ingots are still there for the taking.
David Johns explains, talking to treasure-seekers and the project organiser Claire Doherty.
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There was a time when Russian art was just propaganda - stirring posters of party leaders and Communist workers - but not any more. A unique exhibition is on display in Sussex, showing the enormous variety of work by Russian painters.
Malcolm Shaw talked to Mamonova Baker, Russian art collector and Russell Baker, Director, Baker Mamonova Gallery.
A painting smuggled out of Russia by its aristocratic owner during the Bolshevik Revolution is going under the hammer in Canterbury.
Its owner rolled up the canvas when they fled Crimea to Constantinople over ninety years ago. The man then passed it onto his grandson.
An important landscape painting is to go under the hammer today - after lying hidden for sixty years. "Potato Patch Rostrevor" by Sir Stanley Spencer was bought for one hundred and seventy pounds. Today it's expected to fetch around three hundred thousand pounds at auction in Dorchester.