Britain's Lost Masterpieces

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Swansea

Series 1 - Episode 1 Swansea

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Review

Patrician art guru Dr Bendor Grosvenor takes a break from his duties on Fake or Fortune and joins forces with Jacky Klein for a slightly higher-brow take on the same idea: unearthing treasures.

This time the orphaned paintings he shines his torch on are not brought in by members of the public but owned by all of us. They’re gathering dust in the storehouses and backrooms of museums, waiting for a scholarly eye to spot their secrets. Which Grosvenor duly does, his eye this week alighting on a work tucked away in the “cornucopia of clutter” that is Swansea Museum’s giant shed of a storeroom.

It looks to him like a work by a Flemish master called Jacob Jordaens. Grosvenor believes there’s “a great painting fighting to get out” from under a cack-handed earlier restoration job. If he’s right, it could be worth millions.

Summary

Art experts Jacky Klein and Dr Bendor Grosvenor visit museums as they track down previously unknown paintings by some of the world's greatest artists. In the first edition, the pair head to a museum store in Swansea, where they reveal a multi-million pound lost masterpiece with the potential to rewrite art history. Plus, Jacky is prompted to re-examine the life of renowned Polish artist Josef Herman, who created a giant painting of local coal miners.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Jacky Klein
Presenter Dr Bendor Grosvenor
Director Stephen Geilinger
Executive Producer Brendan Hughes
Executive Producer Harry Bell
Series Producer Stephen Geilinger
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