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Rembrandt Self Portrait wearing a White Feathered Bonnet  © Steve Haywood

Rembrandt Self Portrait wearing a White Feathered Bonnet

The world’s leading Rembrandt expert recently confirmed our first ever Rembrandt in our collection of 13,500 paintings and players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the work to restore and exhibit this extraordinary piece.

Susan Foster, Director of Fundraising said 'This painting will be one of the most important in the Trust’s collection and the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery could not have come at a better time for this project. The £100,000 of support they are providing means that we are able to carry out the essential conservation that suddenly became necessary following the discovery that this beautiful painting is indeed by Rembrandt.'

About the painting

The Dutch Master’s self portrait has been identified hanging on the walls of Buckland Abbey in Devon, the former home of Sir Francis Drake, which is looked after by the Trust.

For the last 40 years the painting’s provenance has been shrouded in mystery after Rembrandt specialist Horst Gerson and the Rembrandt Research Project (RRP) concluded that the portrait of Rembrandt was produced by one of Rembrandt’s pupils.

But now, after years of studying the Dutch Master’s style, and following a new investigation of the painting by the world’s leading Rembrandt expert – Ernst van de Wetering – the painting has been reattributed as being a self-portrait by Rembrandt himself.

Later this year the painting will go for specialist cleaning and further examination that will shed more light on the painting’s attribution.

Given to the charity in 2010, the painting now has an estimated nominal value of £20 million, though as we care for items for public benefit for ever, it could never be sold.

Jez McDermott, Property Manager at Buckland Abbey, said: 'It’s amazing to think we might’ve had an actual Rembrandt hanging here on the walls at Buckland Abbey for the past couple of years. We never dared think that it might actually be an original and many of our visitors will have been just passed by it, in what is sure to be a real contrast to the attention it is now going to receive. Buckland’s Rembrandt is certain to become one of the many highlights of the property for visitors to enjoy.'

The work to verify the painting will include a painstaking clean as well as a full technical analysis to include x-rays, examination of paint pigments, infrared reflectography to examine any underdrawing and dendrochronology (tree ring dating) to establish the date of the beech panel on which it is painted. The support needed for these additional investigations has been provided thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Kate Pearson, Trusts Manager at People's Postcode Lottery said: 'We are delighted that our players will be helping the National Trust in its investigations of this intriguing painting.

'Everyone loves a mystery and we are very excited to be involved and as well as funding the investigations the painting will also be restored at the same time to ensure it can remain at its best for many more years to come.'

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