Byline: By ANITA SINGH Western Mail
The Government has placed a temporary bar on the export of an pounds 8m painting by Dutch master Jan Steen. The 1655 painting, The Burgher of Delft and His Daughter, has spent the past 150 years in a private Welsh collection but was recently bought by an Amsterdam museum.
Regarded as one of the artist's great masterpieces, it is one of only four Steen portraits in existence and the only one in the UK.
Now Arts Minister Estelle Morris has delayed its export in a last-ditch effort to save the painting for the nation.
Britain has a maximum of six months to match the pounds 8.1m paid in March by Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.
The move 'reflects the painting's outstanding aesthetic importance together with its exceptional significance for the study of the history of art', the Government said.
For the past century-and-a- half, the painting has been part of a collection at Penrhyn Castle in Gwynedd, belonging to the Douglas Pennant family. …