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Record NGA34

Archive reference number NGA34

Papers associated with Sir Philip Hendy and Helmut Ruhemann

Date [c. 1930s]-1966

Typescript paper titled 'Technical testing methods and Van Gogh falsification: Retrospections on the Wacker case'; extracts from National Gallery Annual Reports for 1960-62 and 1965-66 concerning the theft of Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington.

Record type Collection
Administrative history

Sir Philip Hendy (1900-1980) was Director of the National Gallery, 1946-1967. Hendy's tenure as Director coincided with the theft of Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington. For full biographical details of Hendy, see administrative history for NGA3.

Helmut Ruhemann (1891-1973) was a paintings conservator at the National Gallery. For full biographical details of Ruhemann, see administrative history for NG29.

Custodial history

Auctioned by Batemans in January 2013 "from the Estate of the Late Carlo Curley". Purchased by NeverSeen Books & Curios and subsequently sold to Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, for £75. Donated to the National Gallery by Nairne.

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