Portrait of Emily Phillips is an oil painting in an ornate gilt wooden frame, attributed to Sir Lawrence Thomas or, lately, to William Griffith.
The painting was in fair condition and had been treated before. A layer of surface dirt covered the entire recto and verso of the surface. The varnish had been partially removed.
The inpainting from the previous treatment had become discoloured, revealing the location of five prior tears. Along one of the tears, bubbles were detectable. There was a scratch along the edge on the lower left corner. The paint was tenting and flaking in several locations. Organic spots were visible under the varnish. Extensive residue of old varnish was visible under UV light. A slight gap was visible along the lower edge between frame and painting.
The frame was in a generally stable condition, although the ornamentation was in very poor condition. The frame had also been treated previously. Losses had been in-painted to match surrounding areas but had now discoloured and darkened, highlighting where the repairs were made. There were insect nests between ornaments and on the back. Numerous new losses of ornamentation were visible, along with several areas of unstable ornamentation. There was oxidation and organic spots on the gold slip.
Overview ICS won the 2022 NSW National Trust “Conservation – Interiors and Objects” Award for this project, with its submission titled “The Discovery of an Old Master Panel Painting Masquerading as a 19th Century Copy”. The discovery of this artwork made headlines around the world. The still life painting originally belonged to the National Trust’s Woodford Academy collection. Its provenance...
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