Help us conserve one of our paintings

Old Master painting of man praying and women behind with twon view in background

We're currently raising money to help conserve one of the Old Masters in our Picture Gallery. It's called 'The Emperor August’s Vision of the Tiburtine Sybil' by a close follower of Hugo van der Goes (c.14440-1482).

The conservation work needed

The painting has a history of flaking paint. Specialist analysis shows that this is most likely due to the composition of the blue and green pigments used and the thickness of paint applied by the artist in some areas.

Recently the situation has got a lot worse and our conservator has had to apply conservation paper, known as facing paper, to temporarily stabilise the worst affected areas. This is just a short term fix and we need to have the whole painting properly treated in her studio.

We need to raise £4000 to pay for a full technical analysis and to sensitively conserve the painting. This will involve consolidating and re-attaching flaking paint and re-filling losses, to bring the painting back to its original splendour.

Which painting would you save for the threats of bombing raids? Cast your vote in the Picture Gallery.
View to room corner with paitings on the wall and a large table int he forground covered in papers
Which painting would you save for the threats of bombing raids? Cast your vote in the Picture Gallery.

One of the chosen few

When Lord Bearsted had to choose 40 of his paintings to be sent to Welsh slate mines during WWII, this was one of those he saved. Lord Bearsted left his collection to the National Trust for everyone to enjoy, so help us save this painting so it can be on show in Upton's Picture Gallery again.

About the painting

The painting is done in oil and painted on an oak panel. The bearded emperor kneels, his hands joined in prayer. A turban supported in his arms. Behind him the Tiburtine Sibyl wears an embroidered grey dress with collar edged with gold and an ornamented and jewelled headdress. In the background, seen beyond a parapet, is the courtyard of a palace with scattered figures.

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