Rembrandt at Buckland

Discovering Buckland's masterpiece

Sally Palmer, David Taylor and Tina Sitwell with Buckland’s ’Rembrandt’

Sally Palmer, David Taylor and Tina Sitwell with Buckland’s ’Rembrandt’

Our Rembrandt portrait was part of a group transferred from the estate of the late Lady Samuel of Wych Cross. Professor Ernst van de Wetering, previously chair of the Rembrandt Research Project, was of the view that our painting could be an original self-portrait.

Uncovering the painting's secrets

Cleaning the Rembrandt painting

We have been on a fascinating journey to investigate this intriguing painting.

Could new scientific research and clues help the Rembrandt connoisseur tell us that our painting is indeed an original?

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  • Hamilton Kerr Institute

    The painting was sent to the Hamilton Kerr Institute for cleaning.

  • 20/20

    Falmouth based company 20/20 designed our brand new exhibition space for us.

The original 'selfie'

Francis the Drake with Rembrandt

Francis the Drake with Rembrandt

The picture is more than just a self-portrait, showing us the artist’s features. It's an example of a ‘Tronie’ - a popular type of painting in Dutch art of the time. In these paintings, people were often represented as mythological,religious or generic characters for example old men, young women, soldiers and peasants or painted pulling faces.

Our mascot, Francis the Drake, wanted to create his own selfie - don't forget to send us yours when you have visited the exhibition yourself.

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Rembrandt revealed