Online as of now: research data about 6 paintings of The Royal Collection Trust

15 May 2020

As of today, research data on six of the ten Rembrandt paintings of The Royal Collection Trust in London, among which the Portrait of Agatha Bas, is accessible online.

The Royal Collection Trust has been so generous to share some 100 technical documents with researchers and other interested parties worldwide, via The Rembrandt Database. It concerns high resolution photographs, X-rays, Infrared photographs, reports and other documents about six paintings from the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, among which Rembrandt’s Portrait of Agatha Bas and the monumental Portrait of Jan Rijcksen and his wife Griet Jans. The Royal Collection Trust has also added the entries about the paintings written by Christopher White, published in the collection catalogue Dutch Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, Royal Collection of 2015 to the database. 

The research data of The Royal Collection Trust has been complemented by technical documents provided by the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) in Amersfoort and Dr. Peter Klein. With permission of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, X-ray films from the archive of the Rembrandt Research Project stored at the RKD could be added to the online research data of The Royal Collection Trust as well.

We would like to thank D. Shawe-Taylor (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures) , L. West (Assistant Curator of Paintings), Isabella Manning (Curatorial intern), Jane Simpkiss (Curatorial intern) and Anna McGee (Curatorial intern)  for collaborating with the RKD on the online presentation of the research data.

Normal Light Studies, detail (front), The Royal Collection Trust, 2012; Rembrandt, Portrait of Agatha Bas, dated 1641, The Royal Collection Trust, London, RCIN 405352; Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020