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Bri­tain’s Lost Mas­ter­pieces 9pm, BBC Four

AWELCOME re­turn for this qui­etly, sat­is­fy­ingly en­gross­ing se­ries, in which art dealer Ben­dor Grosvenor and so­cial his­to­rian Emma Dabiri turn de­tec­tive, seek­ing out for­got­ten trea­sures. The idea is that, across Bri­tain’s pub­lic art col­lec­tions, so many pieces are locked in stor­age or hang­ing in ob­scure cor­ners that there are bound to be some great works lurk­ing that have gone com­pletely over­looked – in­clud­ing, pos­si­bly, pieces by some of his­tory’s great­est artists. This week, they could be on the trail of one of their big­gest finds. At a house called Knight­shayes Court in Devon, there’s a small por­trait of the young Rem­brandt, long thought sim­ply to be a copy of a fa­mous self-por­trait by the Dutch master that hangs in Am­s­ter­dam’s Ri­jksmu­seum. But sev­eral clues lead Grosvenor to be­lieve the paint­ing is ac­tu­ally an early study by Rem­brandt him­self. While he’s on the case, Dabiri in­ves­ti­gates the his­tory of Knight­shayes, an ex­tra­or­di­nary piece of gothic re­vival­ism.

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