The debate over the authenticity of 'The Goose Girl' painting continues.

For more than 20 years the painting 'The Goose Girl' was thought to be the work of Irish artists William Leech (1881-1968). However the painting has been the subject of a long running debate in art circles with many believing that it was the work of Lancashire artist Stanley Royle. Art experts say the brushwork of this oil on canvas painting is untypical of William Leech. The painting is unsigned, which adds further fuel to the debate. 

Raymond Keaveney, Director of The National Gallery, commented on the authenticity of the work and the potential implications if the work is not proven to be that of Leech.

If it happened to be by this other artist, then it would hang in the British rooms rather than in the Irish rooms.

 'The Goose Girl' was bought by The National Gallery in 1970 for £500.

The painting was subsequently found to be by English artist Stanley Royle (1888-1961), who was a contemporary of William Leech.

This news report by Colm Connolly was broadcast on 20 April 1995.