Talk: The Lost Portrait of Mary Seacole and its Forgotten Painter
- The Wallace Collection |
In December 2003, historian Helen Rappaport discovered a lost portrait of the Crimean War heroine and nurse, Mary Seacole.
The portrait, its sitter and the artist had all been lost to history since Mary Seacole’s death in 1881: who was the mysterious A C Challen who had executed what is now an iconic portrait that graces walls of the National Portrait Gallery?
In this talk, Helen Rappaport traces her voyage of discovery, through the portrait’s authentification by the National Portrait Gallery and her loan of the painting to them, to her search for the portrait’s rtist,whose identity was then unknown.
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