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Duration: 30 minutes

Curtis Dowling goes on a quest to establish whether two paintings by the Cornish mariner-turned-artist Alfred Wallis are fake or the real thing. If genuine they could be worth a fortune, but fakes of Wallis's works abound. Curtis meets experts, trawls through hidden collections of the great St Ives primitive, and finally uses scientific tests to get to the truth.

Last on

Sun 26 Jun 2011 22:25 BBC One Channel Islands, South West only

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  • HIDDEN PAINTINGS

    Art expert Curtis Dowling puts enigmatic Cornish artist Alfred Wallis under the microscope in Hidden Paintings of the South West.

    Curtis Dowling goes in search of the intriguing stories behind the South West’s hidden paintings in a programme inspired by Your Paintings, a major new arts initiative from the BBC.

    In the programme, forgery expert Curtis uncovers two paintings that appear to be by the legendary Cornish mariner-turned-artist Alfred Wallis – but are they genuine?

    Curtis meets art and technical experts and views public collections to try to help him authenticate the pictures before they go to auction in London.

    Along the way the pictures in the public collections will help him explain how Wallis’s work helped turn Cornwall into such a magnet for artists over the decades.

  • CURTIS DOWLING ON HIDDEN PAINTINGS

    CURTIS DOWLING ON HIDDEN PAINTINGS

    Art expert Curtis Dowling puts Cornish artist Alfred Wallis under the microscope in Hidden Paintings of the South West.

  • Alfred Wallis

    Alfred Wallis

    Art expert Curtis Dowling will uncover two paintings that appear to be by Alfred Wallis.

    Mr Dowling is on the detective trail to find out if the pictures are genuine before they are auctioned...

    BBC Cornwall: Your Paintings: Alfred Wallis
  • HIDDEN PAINTINGS

    HIDDEN PAINTINGS

Credits

Presenter
Curtis Dowling
Director
Linda Parkhurst
Producer
Jeremy Hibbard

Broadcasts

  • Sun 26 Jun 2011 22:25 BBC One Channel Islands, South West only

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