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            Bishop’s Stortford

    Decorative & Fine Arts Society


 Registered Charity Number: 281725


      A Member Society of


     The Arts Society












10th November


“A Day in the Life of a Picture Restorer: The conservation and restoration of easel paintings”


Sarah Cove


These lectures discuss the nature of oil painting materials, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and common problems associated with the ageing and deterioration of, and damage to, easel paintings.  These can be on canvas, panel, board or paper in a range of mediums:  oil, acrylic, egg tempera, or mixed media.  Problems can involve natural deterioration and neglect, accidental damage, vandalism and even war.  The most surprising event was a large hole caused by a Turkish cannon ball going through a picture in the 18th century!!  Modern ‘museum standard’ approaches to conservation and restoration will be illustrated with detailed slides ranging from early Italian religious paintings in egg tempera via rapid oil sketches on paper by John Constable to 20th century British paintings and modern abstract works.  Hints and advice on the general care of paintings in homes is given in liberal doses throughout! 




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