Painting prior to restoration
The edge of Banks of the Marne
Cleaning "Banks of the Marne"
Lining Banks of the Marne
Prior to restoration
Painting during cleaning process
Four views of surface anomalies on the painting
The photograph below shows the painting during the cleaning process. The upper lefthand corner of the painting has been cleaned and shows a marked color contrast when compared with the rest of the painting. Photograph courtesy of Joseph Matteis.
Detail showing cracking and paint loss
Before and after conservation treatment
Detail showing an area that was cleaned
This frame was conserved in 2010-2011 by Chief Preparator William Myers and his students at the Smith College Museum of Art who donated their time and expertise to repair and conserve the ornate frame of "The English Lord" oil painting that greets visitors to the library. The Friends of the Jones Library System funded the conservation materials needed to clean the frame, create replacements for missing ornamentation, and repaint and polish the frame to a golden luster. It took over a year to bring the painting's frame back to its former glory and back to the hallway where it has been on display since 1928. Photographs below show the frame prior to conservation and are courtesy of William Myers.