X-radiograph of the lower left corner of Durrie's Self-Portrait
Non-related brush strokes in the bottom left corner of the painting indicated that there may have been an artist’s change in this area. The painting was taken to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont for X-radiography, and an earlier pose was discovered that included the artist’s hands, one of which appeared to be holding a brush, and the other possibly a palette. These were covered by the black paint of the jacket by the artist. It seems a previous restorer may have noted the non-related brush strokes and started to excavate the top design layers (as indicated by the heavy restoration materials over this area).
George Henry Durrie
Collection of Shelburne Museum