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Evening lecture: Conserving Indian Art on Paper at the Royal Collection

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The British Library Knowledge Centre, Eliot Room

96 Euston Road

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In a richly illustrated talk Rachael Smith, Drawings Conservator at the Royal Collection Trust, will share her recent work conserving unbound material for the upcoming exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent: four centuries of South Asian paintings and manuscripts, at the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace.

The technical study of materials and techniques used to produce the sumptuous paintings, drawings, albums and manuscripts in the Windsor collection has revealed exquisite details, subtly textured painting surfaces, complex structures and layers of reworking. An overview of the conservation will include paint consolidation, supporting fracturing copper-green rulings and infills to layered paper supports, as well as the different paper corners, hinges and mount styles adopted for the exhibition.

Rachael Smith trained in conserving Indian paintings on paper during her MA Conservation of Fine Art at Northumbria University and a three month placement at the National Museum, New Delhi. She completed a Historic Scotland internship at the Book and Paper Conservation Studio, Dundee, before moving to the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, where she worked on Mughal paintings, initially as a Heritage Council of Ireland intern and then as Paper Conservator. She joined the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as a Marianne North Project Conservator, before taking up her current role at Windsor Castle in 2011, where she works on both Western and Indian art on paper.


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