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Vincent Van Gogh Self-Portrait Discovered in X-Ray Examination

Senior Curator Frances Fowle with Head of a Peasant Woman (1885) by Vincent Van Gogh.

Senior Curator Frances Fowle with Head of a Peasant Woman (1885) by Vincent Van Gogh.

Photographer: Neil Hannah/PA Media

A painting that is "most certainly" a previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The extraordinary find is believed to be a first for a UK institution and was discovered by an x-ray taken of Van Gogh's Head of a Peasant Woman (1885) ahead of the forthcoming exhibition A Taste for Impressionism at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.