Art Expert Says Cat Destroyed His Rare 17th-Century Painting

Dr Bendor Grosvenor in an episode of Britain's Lost Masterpieces (with Emma Dabiri).  (The painting shown is not the one destroyed by cat.)
Dr Bendor Grosvenor in an episode of Britain's Lost Masterpieces (with Emma Dabiri). (The painting shown is not the one destroyed by cat.)
(BBC Four)

A cat wrecked a rare 17th-century portrait painting, according to the pet's owner, UK-based art historian and writer Dr. Bendor Grosvenor.

Grosvenor says the £5,000 ($6,371) artwork by Scottish artist John Michael Wright was scratched up by his cat, named Padme, after he had applied a warm gelatin-and-water solution to facing paper over the painting. He was preparing the work to be transported for restoration when the cat went crazy for the solution and attacked the artwork, reported The Telegraph.

Grosvenor is known for his art research and Old Master discoveries, along with appearances on BBC’s Britain's Lost Masterpieces and Fake or Fortune? (on Netflix), and now for his art-loathing cat.

Says Grosvenor, Padme is “not a fan” of artist John Michael Wright, and the cat “regrets nothing.” 

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