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Timothy Lawrence Williams MA (Hons) Revealing De Ruyter’s Raid on the English Fleet at Chatham Fig 1. Pieter Cornelis Dommersen De Ruyter’s Raid on the English Fleet at Chatham (1880) – Brighton Museum & Art Gallery In the February 2007 edition of the Review Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings explained the aims and intentions of the National Inventory Research Project (NIRP): a project established in order to help museums research and catalogue their collections, in addition to presenting this information on a publicly accessible website. Concerned in the first instance with non-British Continental oil paintings dating between 1200 and 1900 residing in UK public collections. The database is now accessible online via the Visual Arts Data Service ( Like Bryony, I was fortunate to have been awarded the task of researching early European oil paintings in the collection of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. During this immensely enjoyable but far too short tenure of three months, my task was to examine and research Brighton’s collection of Dutch and Flemish old master paintings in their various locations: storerooms, basements, walls, up ladders, in drawers, conservation studios, on loan in stately homes and, just occasionally on the walls of the gallery. Subsequently, I was offered the opportunity to curate an exhibition displaying the results of my research titled, Old Masters, New Eyes. Whilst preparing the selection of paintings for the hang – a process that involved remedial conservation treatment Janet Brough, the Museum’s conservator uncovered a signature on De Ruyter’s Raid on the English Fleet at Chatham. Traditionally thought to have been painted by the Dutch artist Dirk Langendijk circa 1770 (fig.1), the painting was also presumed the basis for Mattheus De

Revealing De Ruyter’s Raid on the English Fleet at Chatham

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