Antiques Roadshow guest is speechless after discovering the value of a neoclassical pencil drawing by famed artist Henry Ryland
Antiques Roadshow delivered another bombshell Sunday night after a humble guest discovered the true value of a simple pencil drawing.
In the long-running BBC show, broadcast from the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland, antiques expert Suzanne Zack cast her expert eye on an original sketch by celebrated painter, illustrator and designer Henry Ryland.
Inspired by Neoclassical and Pre-Raphaelite art, Ryland’s work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and Grosvenor Gallery before his death in 1924, with original works still sought after and highly prized by collectors.
Commenting on the delicate pencil-on-paper portrait of a young girl brought in by a fan of the show, an impressed Zack admitted she was stunned after discovering it was an original, believing it to be a whopping could raise £30,000.
She said, “When I saw this drawing you brought in today. It was behind glass and I had to lean in and think “could this be an original drawing?”
Stunned: Antiques Roadshow delivered another bombshell Sunday night after a humble guest discovered the true value of a simple pencil drawing
Valuable: Antiques expert Suzanne Zack cast her expert eye on an original sketch by acclaimed painter, illustrator and designer Henry Ryland and valued it at £30,000
“We took it out of the frame and removed the glass, and we lifted the new mount you put on it to find the original mount inside.”
She added, “Look, it’s by Henry Ryland and her name is Jasmine, and it’s an original pencil drawing of him. How did you get this drawing?’
The guest admitted that she got the sketch from her brother, a bookseller, who originally bought it for an undisclosed price during a trip to London.
“It must have been a few hundred, not a few hundred, but I can’t remember exactly,” she recalls.
Explaining the artist’s significance, Zack explained, “Henry Ryland is considered one of the most important artists of the Neoclassical Revival that came after the Pre-Raphaelite period.”
‘Henry Ryland was a particularly fine artist in the medium of watercolor and is regarded as one of the best exponents of that medium, but this is a pencil drawing.
“What strikes you when you look at it is the level of meticulous detail in the modeling and drapery and the beautiful face he has captured so softly and so sympathetically.”
She added: “There’s something else about her that I think is worth mentioning and that’s that she may be wearing classic clothes but she’s also really a woman of her time.
Unexpected: ‘I think if that example is anything to go by, this could easily fetch in the region of £30,000,’ she said
Beautiful: Responding to the delicate pencil-on-paper portrait of a young girl brought in by a fan of the show, an impressed Zack admitted she was stunned after discovering it was an original
“I think if that example is anything to go by, it could easily be in the region of £30,000.”
Elsewhere, a dude who designed The Beatles’ first logo went into utter shock after some of his merits were appreciated on Sunday night’s episode.
The man appeared at the show this week held at Liverpool’s Sefton Park Palm House, bringing with him two sketches of his logo intended for the iconic band’s drums.
While he was surprised they were able to raise as much as £15,000 for the designs, he claimed he was never paid for the work when the band went with another artist – Ivor Arbiter.
Antiques Roadshow continues on Sunday, BBC1 at 8pm.