New Burlington Magazine

February 1 2023

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The February Burlington Magazine is out, and is full of articles right up AHN's street. There are pieces on Van Dyck by Justin Davies, a newly discovered Rubens by Emilie den Tonkelaar, and Jacobite portraits by Edward Corp, all of which are worth the subscription alone.

There's also a fascinating review by Christine Slottvied Kimbriel of research carried out on the Duke of Buccleuch's Portrait of Sir Nicholas Carew. (Regular readers may remember that Adam covered the cleaning of this picture when it was sent on loan to a recent Historic Royal Palaces exhibition.) This painting was once attributed to Holbein, but was downgraded with some controversy by the late John Rowlands in his 1985 Holbein catalogue raisonne. I remember John telling me how upset the then Duke of Buccleuch was at the news. The latest technical analysis reveals however that John was entirely right, for the painting is not only not by Holbein, but from considerably later in the 16th Century. A key reason is the dendrochronology date; Ian Tyers' recent analysis shows the panel used to make the painting comes from a tree cut down no earlier than c.1585. Ian's analysis updates the findings of John Fletcher, one of the pioneers of dendrochronology, who in 1983 dated the panel to c.1528. 

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