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Lecture on Wallace Collection Reynolds Research Project

From: Chantal-Helen Thuer <c_thur<-a>
Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
"Reynolds, Replication and Restoration: some results from the
    Wallace Collection Reynolds Research Project"
Grand Robing Room
Freemason's Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Doors open at 6pm
Talk 6.30 - 8pm

Close to both Covent Garden and Holborn Tube Stations.


    Alexandra Gent
    Paintings Conservator
    The Wallace Collection

The four-year Wallace Collection Reynolds Research Project is funded
by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Wallace
Collection's Benefactors and donors.  The Project will investigate
Reynolds' techniques and materials by examining twelve of his
paintings in the Collection.  The project is a collaboration between
the Wallace Collection and the Conservation and Scientific
Departments at the National Gallery.

The Project's recent investigations have helped develop a better
understanding of two elements of Reynolds's practice: replication of
images and the restoration of paintings.  This talk will draw on
historical sources coupled with technical analysis of paintings to
explore these activities in Reynolds's busy studio.

Replication: It is a well-known that Reynolds's studio practice
incorporated the production of copies.  Often made by students or
copyists, there is, however, anecdotal evidence Reynolds himself
sometimes worked simultaneously on more than one version of the same
subject; The Strawberry Girl may be one such painting.  Technical
analysis of the Wallace Collection's Strawberry Girl will be
discussed in relation to Reynolds's own technical notes and
contemporary accounts of his practice, together with technical
analysis of Tate's Age of Innocence, which overlies another version
of the Strawberry Girl.

Restoration: The Wallace Collection's portrait of Baltasar Carlos in
Black and Silver, was owned by Reynolds and is thought to have been
restored by him.  The portrait's technical analysis will be
presented showing how its technique relates to that of Velazquez,
what can be revealed about Reynolds's restoration of the painting
and how this compares to the analysis of Reynolds's materials.

Alexandra Gent joined the Wallace Collection in December 2010 as
Paintings Conservator for the Reynolds Research Project.  She
trained as a paintings conservator at The University of Canberra,
Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in the
Conservation of Cultural Materials in 1999.  Since coming to the UK
in 2000 she has been employed by English Heritage, Tate and the
National Galleries of Scotland, as well as private studios in London
and Oxfordshire. She is an accredited member of Icon and has a
Masters in Culture, Policy and Management from City University
London (2008).

    ICON members: UKP10
    non-members: UKP15

Free wine and cheese included in price of ticket.

Please register by sending your name and stating if you are an ICON
member.  Your name must be on the security list no later than
Tuesday, 25 February 2014.


    Clare Finn
    Paintings Group AGM
    +44 20 7937 1895
    finnclare<-a t->aol< . >com

Our annual general meeting will be held on the same evening as this
talk, an agenda for which shall be circulated in advance.
Nominations are invited for new members to the Paintings Group
Committee.  Committee members plan and assist events and talks for
the Group.  Our meetings are generally by Skype every other month
and occasionally face to face.  If you would like to help and feel
that you can contribute in some way to your Group with ideas,
planning, surveys, newsletters etc then please contact our Secretary
Rhiannon Clarricoates at icon.paintingsgroup<-a t->googlemail< . >com

The new members will be announced at our AGM on the 27 February

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