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Art discovery at Eastgate House

by Natalie Vincent Fri 6 April 2018, 2:52 pm

Hidden wall paintings dating back to the Tudor era have been uncovered at the historic Eastgate House in Rochester, eight months after it opened to the public.

Image courtesy of Arte Conservation

Specialists from Faversham-based Arte Conservation are working to uncover and preserve fragments of late 16th- and early 17th-century wall paintings on the upper floors of the grade I-listed Elizabethan mansion.

During the investigative works experts discovered a 16th-century nautical-themed painting of a man’s face with a forked or swallow's tail beard, indicating that he was a seafarer.

Visitors can view the discovery works through a glass window on the second floor.

Howard Doe, Medway Council's portfolio holder for community services, said: "I'm very pleased that these rare wall paintings have been uncovered. Eastgate House is a great day out for all the family and now there is even more to see.

"We are very proud of what we’ve achieved by restoring the building. Visitors enjoy learning about the house and I would encourage visitors to come and see the paintings for themselves."

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