Van Dyck 'discovered'

A previously unknown painting by 17th Century master Van Dyck, has been identified after being spotted online.

Van Dyck a "thrilling attribution" to museum

The Director of the Bowes Museum in County Durham, Adrian Jenkins, says the identification of a rare Van Dyck portrait as an original is a huge boost. It was spotted on a website by art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor.

"This is a thrilling attribution for the Bowes Museum and the end of a chain of events which began with the photography of the entire collection five years ago for the Public Catalogue Foundation. We are very grateful ro Bendor for his work identifying both the sitter and the artist of this painting and re-instating it to its original glory."

– Adrian Jenkins, director of the Bowes Museum

Million pound portrait found in storage

The Van Dyck portrait of Olivia Boteler Porter dates from the 1630s Credit: Bowes Museum

An original 17th century painting by King Charles I's court artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck has been identified after it was spotted on a website.

The portrait had been in storage at the Bowes Museum in County Durham as it was believed to be a copy.

But now it's been valued at around one million pounds.

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Van Dyck 'discovery' online

Art experts have identified a 17th century painting by Sir Anthony Van Dyck after is was spotted on a website.

The portrait was previously thought to have been a copy and was in storage at the Bowes Museum in County Durham.

But art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor spotted the oil painting online and confirmed it is an original worth around one million pounds.