This portrait of Australia’s Governor-General from 2008-2014 – the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO – was painted at the end of her term by acclaimed portraitist Ralph Heimans (b.1970). It was commissioned for the Historic Memorials Collection by Australian Parliament House in Canberra, where it is currently on public display.
On arrival at ICS, the painting was in a fairly good and stable condition. However, several losses were noted along the top painted edge of the stretcher and a considerable amount of dust and fibres were found on the surface. The fibres were believed to have come from the carpet in the room where the painting had been displayed. There was also some scuffing and losses to the painted surface which needed to be addressed.
The main purpose of this treatment was to varnish the painting. It had not yet been varnished as the paint needed to be completely dry beforehand. The treatment was designed to address the several issues outlined above, so that the piece could be varnished in line with the artist’s intentions. Treatment included:
Overview Raphael’s Madonna della Seggiola (Madonna of the Chair) was originally painted in c.1513-1514. The work depicts Mary holding the Christ child on her lap, with an infant John the Baptist watching from one side. This mid-late 19th century reproduction skilfully captures a sense of the original, in both colour and form. Like the original it is painted with oil...
Overview Portrait of Emily Phillips is an oil painting in an ornate gilt wooden frame, attributed to Sir Lawrence Thomas or, lately, to William Griffith. Condition The painting was in fair condition and had been treated before. A layer of...