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Fake of Fortune? – BBC1

Philip and Fiona in Fake or Fortune?
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Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce investigate what could be a priceless 18th-century portrait in this week’s Fake or Fortune on BBC1

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould (both pictured above) set out to find out the provenance of an exceptional 18th-century portrait of aristocrat Peniston Lamb in this week's Fake or Fortune? on BBC1.

Philip spotted the painting at the Cecil family’s home in central London and instantly believed it to be an undiscovered work by renowned Regency artist Sir Thomas Lawrence, who painted Queen Charlotte.

However, the family have documents attributing the painting of their ancestor to pioneering female artist Maria Cosway, who was a contemporary of Lawrence.

See if Philip's hunch about this painting is correct in Fake or Fortune? on BBC1

See if Philip's hunch about this painting is correct in Fake or Fortune? on BBC1

What follows is a fascinating paper trail, with help from clothing historians and genealogists…

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Will science have the final say?

If Philip’s hunch is correct, the painting, already worth thousands, could be valued at over half a million.

TV Times rating: ****

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