Monday, 15 December 2008

Car Boot Sale Find

Albert Challen - Mary Seacole (1869)The only known painting of Jamaican heroine Mary Seacole, a nurse in the Crimean War, has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery for £130,000 with the help of a £96,200 grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund. The painting was found in a car boot sale five years ago and has been on loan to the NPG since 2004. London artist Albert Challen painted this portrait of Mary wearing her medals in 1869.


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