Oxford S4, E1: Hanging in a reading room at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is a portrait of a fellow of Merton College, George Oakley Aldrich, by an unknown artist. Bendor suspects it may have been painted in Rome in the 1750s by the master of Grand Tour portraits, Pompeo Batoni.
At any one time, over 80% of Britain's publicly owned art collection is locked away in storage. Among this secret treasure trove are some of the finest works of art the public owns. Dr. Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein seek out the work of some of the biggest names in art, lying hidden in local museums and country houses all across Britain.