“Through careful restoration, charity experts now believe the work could be that of Joachim Beuckelaer, a prominent still life artist who worked in Antwerp before the Dutch Golden Age.” Image © English heritage, featured with permission

After two years a painting of a smiling woman called Vegetable seller, the charity English Heritage has unveiled the end product with a dramatic change.

He wasn’t originally painted with a smile.

Unsigned painting, which was known only by name, had been in stock at Audley End House for over 60 years. CNN reports that protection began in 2019, when a conservation study revealed that it needed restoration. Through this, the layers were coated.

When I realized it was a later addition to the work of art, the English heritage decided to remove the top of the painting alongside cleaning and restoring its condition. This revealed a poorer, stoic expression of the object.


“Vegetable seller” before return. Image © English heritage, featured with permission


‘Vegetable seller’ after return. Image © English heritage, featured with permission

New conservation work, technical analysis and research have updated the painting to the period just before the Dutch Golden Age (1588–1672), much earlier than previously believed. This has also linked it to the 16th-century Antwerp painter Joachim Beuckelaer, who is believed to have some connection to the painting. He could even have been the artist behind this mysterious work.

“We are so pleased that visitors to the Audley End can now see such a magnificent painting in their former glory, “says Alive Tate-Hart, English Heritage Collection Conservative, in a press release.” From the first cleanup test, Vegetable seller since it is something of a mystery, we are closer to the possibility of revealing the identity of art. “

Vegetable seller, in all of his restored original honors are currently on display at Audley End House in Essex, England.


Image © English heritage, featured with permission


Image © English heritage, featured with permission


Image © English heritage, featured with permission

[via Artnet, images by © English Heritage, featured with permission]

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