This study was originally begun as part of wider research into Sargent’s methods and materials for easel paintings, carried out at Tate with Joyce Townsend. A more focused piece was then developed with art historian Elaine Kilmurray. This will be at the centre of the talk for September 26th, revealing new evidence and its deepening of our understanding of this iconic work.
Rebecca Hellen is a practicing Paintings Conservator at Tate Britain and has worked at Tate since 2002. Her Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings was gained from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1998.
Her focus on Sargent began with treatment of his easel paintings at Tate, and has deepened recently with research supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
A joint essay with Senior Conservation Scientist, Dr Joyce Townsend, “‘The Way in which He Does it’: The Making of Sargent’s Oils” in John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914–1925 (Complete Paintings, vol. 9, Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray Yale Univ. Press) is forthcoming.