In a house at Mount Lawley, Perth, hangs a picture which its owners - Mr.?
In a house at Mount Lawley, Perth, hangs a picture which its owners - Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Murray - believe to be the original of "The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist", by the famous Flemish painter, Rubens.
Only a week ago another Rubens - the "Adoration of the Magi" - was sold in London for GBP275,000 - largest amount ever paid for a single painting.
Mr. Robert Rose, Assistant Director of the West Australian Art Gallery, says the fine detail of the painting is characteristic of Rubens.
The Murrays have had the picture for thirty years. Recently they called in Mr. Rose to clean it and during its restoration he became increasingly convinced it was an original Rubens. Now he is seeking the opinion of another authority.
The Director of the Belgian Art Museum has told the Murrays that a painting fitting the description of this one was stolen from the Court of a Spanish King in the 18th Century.