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'Lost masterpieces' found at Carmarthenshire County Museum

From BBC - October 12, 2017

Two paintings at a Carmarthenshire museum have been identified as lost works by important 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 painted by Britain's first commercially successful female artist Mary Beale.

The earl Richard Vaughan's portrait has been attributed to Lely.

The investigation to find the true identity of the artists used restoration, research and scientific analysis 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, near Llandeilo.

She said: "My goodness me, it would make you weep... 10 of the 21 paintings were in the stairway of the house with a huge great broken skylight above.

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