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Rare painting of John Waterhouse not a self-portrait, gallery reveals

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Painting created by William Logsdail not John Waterhouse, National Portrait Gallery reveals after snapping up artwork

A rare portrait of the pre-Raphaelite painter John Waterhouse has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery at the same time as the mystery of who painted it seems finally to have been cracked.

The rather doleful-looking man, with his bushy auburn beard, was always thought to be a self-portrait by the artist whose best-known painting, The Lady of Shalott, hangs at Tate Britain in London.

The work remained in the Waterhouse family until it was bought by the NPG at auction in May last year, catalogued as a self-portrait.

A new catalogue of the gallery’s late-Victorian paintings reveals it has been established “beyond doubt” that the artist responsible for the portrait was, in fact, William Logsdail.

The catalogue – the first of the gallery’s period catalogues to be published online – contains a mass of information.

Peter Funnell, curator of 19th Century Portraits and head of research programmes at the NPG, said: “Among the great advantages of publishing such a catalogue online is the ability it gives us to update it when items like the Waterhouse portrait enter the collection and the fact that it makes the research free and accessible to all.”

The painting’s attribution was first questioned a decade ago by the leading Waterhouse expert Peter Trippi.

Its acquisition is particularly pleasing for the gallery as it is the only known painted head of Waterhouse and the first example of Logsdail’s work to enter the collection.

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