A lost masterpiece by the 19th century French artist Paul Delaroche has been uncovered at Castle of Park, the former seat of the Gordons and Gordon-Duffs of Park, in Banffshire. The painting, bought at auction in 1989 by art-dealer Neil Campbell-Wilson for £500 is now thought to be worth around £75,000. It depicts Saint Amelie, the medieval Queen of Hungary, kneeling at prayer with her retinue.
The discovered was the culmination of extensive research carried out by art experts as part of the ‘Fake or Fortune’ television programme presented by Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould. The team had been contacted by Neil’s widow Becky, who now runs the castle as a Bed and Breakfast. Her husband had been convinced of its true provenance but sadly died of a brain tumour in 2014 before he could prove his theory.
Castle of Park was for centuries the seat of the Gordons of Park, and their descendants the Gordon-Duffs. It was sold out of the family in the late 20th century.