‘Lost masterpieces’ found at Carmarthenshire County Museum

Bendor Grosvenor, Emma Dabiri (L-R) with mural of Countess of CarberyImage copyright
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The temperament of the artists was detected using restoration, investigate and systematic analysis

Two paintings at a Carmarthenshire museum have been identified as lost works by critical 17th Century artists.

The portraits of the Earl and Countess of Carbery at Carmarthenshire County Museum had been attributed to Sir Peter Lely and ‘artist unknown’ respectively.

But experts found the countess was embellished by Britain’s first commercially successful womanlike artist Mary Beale.

The nobleman Richard Vaughan’s mural has been attributed to Lely.

The review to find the loyal temperament of the artists used restoration, investigate and systematic research and featured on the BBC Four programme Britain’s Lost Masterpieces.

The portraits were among 21 paintings purchased by Carmarthenshire County Council for the Carmarthen museum in 1985.

Assistant curator Sally Moss first saw the paintings at the earl’s ancestral estate Golden Grove, nearby Llandeilo.

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Sir Peter Lely was of Dutch start but spent almost all of his career in England

She said: “My integrity me, it would make you weep… 10 of the 21 paintings were in the stairway of the residence with a outrageous good broken skylight above.

“Water was pouring down the walls, all over the paintings… the one of Richard Vaughan, water was using down the walls and all over the painting.

“An awful lot of the polish had left and his quite had a freshness on it, a white freshness which was presumably the volume of water the portrayal had had.”

The programme’s presenters, art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor and social historian Emma Dabiri presented the easy portraits to a throng collected at the museum.

Presenting the earl’s portrait, Dr Grosvenor said: “I trust this portrayal is by Peter Lely.

“Because of some condition issues, quite in areas of the face, there will always be a slight component of doubt about the detrimental so we can't confidant as coronet put on the tag 100% this is by Peter Lely, but we can charge it to Peter Lely which means we’re 90-95% certain.”

Ms Dabiri pronounced it had been a good pleasure to learn the loyal temperament of the artist behind the countess’ portrait.

He added: “Over the years a lot of her [Mary Beale’s] paintings were attributed to Peter Lely since it was believed that a lady artist competence not be able of such artistic work. It’s with good pleasure that we can calibrate that chronological inaccuracy.”

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