Prized Possessions brings together some of the finest pieces from the National Trust collections and is the first major exhibition of our works including the recently revealed Dutch masterpiece still life painting, and an 18th century yellow dress reconstructed by NIDA students.
Prized Possessions brings together some of the finest pieces from the National Trust collections and is the first major exhibition of our works including the recently revealed Dutch masterpiece gifted to the National Trust in 1979 as part of the contents of the Woodford Academy in the Blue Mountains.
The painting was in storage for decades until conservation work revealed the signatures of Dutch 17th century painter Willem Claesz. Heda and his son, Gerrit Willemz. Heda and its date, 1640. Cleaning also revealed that beneath the discoloured varnish there was a beautifully preserved, richly coloured painting. So striking is the transformation that the picture seems a new acquisition.
This exhibition celebrates the restoration with a focused presentation that includes a short film on the painting’s conservation treatment.
The exhibition also includes some magnificent examples from the National Trust’s extensive collection from colonial engravings and watercolours and much more.
Images (L-R): Still Life, attributed to Gerrit Willemsz. Heda c. 1625 – 1649; The yellow dress: a collaboration between the National Trust and the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Image by Jacquie Manning.
Prized Possessions on display Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm from Saturday 12 November – Sunday 27 November 2022.
How to book your tickets
Exhibition is included in a valid S.H. Ervin Gallery entry ticket.
Book via Eventbrite, where possible, to guarantee a spot.