"Alice Gray emerged, unidentified and unattributed, from a grubby carrier bag at Christie’s front counter shortly after the millennium. The picture went on to fetch three times its estimate at auction and now hangs on the walls of the Getty. I never see it without thinking of the vendor whose old age was made more comfortable by the sale and how those in the commercial art world can often transform their clients’ circumstances for the better. I’m also reminded how easily unsigned pictures can be lost and how a rediscovery really is a cause for celebration!"
- Peter Brown, Senior Director of 19th Century European Art, Christie's