Antiques Roadshow guest shocked by painting of Queen Elizabeth II’s ...

In an archived episode of Antiques Roadshow from 2012, Rupert Maas was left stunned when he found himself looking at a painting of Queen Elizabeth II. He told the owner it was undoubtedly one of the most famous paintings.

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Rupert began: “It’s got to be one of the most famous paintings in the world.

"In every club it's got to be in every far flung post of Commonwealth and isn't she pretty?”

The owner replied: “Undoubtedly and when you see a painting like this of the queen the radiance just shines out at you it's stunning. 

“This hangs in our home and you’d think most people would find that quite intimidating but there is something very calm about it and very natural and there is a gentle smile on her face.”

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Antiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth IIAntiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: BBC)

Antiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth IIAntiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: BBC)

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Rupert added: “It’s very natural to you because it's by Beatrice Johnson and she was?"

The owner explained: “She was my great aunt and she died in 2000 aged 94.

“She was a very reclusive character actually and hid her light under a bushel all her life.

“It would be with the greatest embarrassment if she saw this today but the time has come to reveal her true talent again.”

Rupert chipped in: “But she was a photographer first, this was her camera wasn’t it?"

Antiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth IIAntiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: BBC)

Antiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth IIAntiques Roadshow expert stunned by painting of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: BBC)

The owner replied: “She was yes. She was a society and royal photographer with the famous Dorothy Wilding studios which started in the early

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