A hand is discovered in Anne Forbes’ Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Hamilton

Dr. Maria Quirk reflects on the work

In preparing this painting, Portrait of Lady Hamilton by Anne Forbes, for display, NGV Conservators discovered a hand that had previously been painted over. Assistant Curator, Dr Maria Quirk explains why this was such an important discovery.

19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
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Read the article Lady Elizabeth Hamilton’s hidden gesture

Gift of Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Family through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2020