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Evening Lecture: ‘Should a spot of Mildew appear’: Conservation of two John Russell pastels

Lecturers: Emmanuelle Largeteau & Clara de le Peña Mc Tigue

Thursday 30 November 2017, 18.15-19.45

British Library Foyle Centre, London, NW1 2DB

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The portraits of Mr and Mrs William Pierrepont by the 18th century artist John Russell have recently undergone conservation treatment at the National Maritime Museum, London. Part of a discrete but outstanding collection planned for display in the newly restored Queen’s House, the two pastels on paper are adhered to canvas and mounted on a wooden strainer. Unfortunately, both portraits showed disfiguring mould growth on their surfaces. Minimising the extensive mould damage without disturbing the powdery media required a deeper understanding of the making of the portraits.

Throughout the project the Museum’s conservators consulted many pastel experts, who generously provided expertise on innovative mould removal techniques. In-house, interdisciplinary dialogue with colleagues from other disciplines helped them to devise new methods to minimise warping and canvas vibration, and to protect the portraits in their original frames. The delicate and high-standard treatment shared by a team of paper conservators wouldn’t have been as successful without referral to the historical and material evidence, a flexible approach to the ongoing treatment and the value of rich collaborations.


The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.


About the speakers

Clara de la Peña Mc Tigue is Head of Paper Conservation at Royal Collection Trust. She graduated in Fine Arts and Paper Conservation from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and worked as a research fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library and Museum in New York, specialising in Spanish Master Drawings. In her former role as Senior Prints & Drawings Conservator at the National Maritime Museum, London, she coordinated and conserved works on paper for the Esmee Fairbairn Willem van de Velde Drawings Conservation Project and the recent 2016 Queen’s House rehang.


Emmanuelle Largeteau graduated in June 2013 from the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in book and paper conservation, after completing internships in the Library of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin (USA) and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands). She joined National Museums Scotland as assistant paper conservator in 2014 to support the reopening of Art, Design and Fashion galleries. She joined the National Maritime Museum in 2015 where she worked on pastels by the artist John Russell.


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