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National Trust conservator Mark Searle touching up an 18th-century frame with watercolours in the new conservation studio at Knole, Kent © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Annual Seminar 2018 – Call for Papers

1. Thomas Todd by Chitqua, c.1770, clay statuette (detail) © Museum of London

New research on rare clay portrait figure by Chitqua

Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury by Isaac Oliver (1565-1617), purchased for the nation with help from National Heritage Memorial Fund and the ArtFund. Photograph: Hamilton Kerr Institute

House of Portraits exhibitions, Powis Castle, until 27 January 2019

Latest Queries & Reviews

Portrait of Peter Bayley (1778-1823), artist unknown, c.1800-15, Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Artist attributions sought for portraits at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum

The Grosvenor Museum has recently acquired three late 18th/early 19th century portraits of members of the Bayley family of Nantwich, Cheshire. They have just gone on display, following conservation. The sitters are reasonably well documented but the artists are unknown

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Portrait of a man with a firearm, attributed to J Cooper, location unknown

Seeking information on the artist ‘J. Cooper’

A scholar in the US presents research into this early eighteenth-century artist know only as 'J. Cooper'. For several decades a number of 'folk art' style portraits, usually of courtiers, monarchs or allegorical have shown up in the United States, primarily New England.

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