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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Who’s counting?

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator


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We are!  On the right, Boy with Grapes, by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), is the 45th painting examined in the paintings conservation lab over the last eighteen months for the British catalog project. That means we are about two-thirds of the way through the British paintings collection at CAM.

Of course, other works continue to visit the lab for our paintings conservator to examine and conserve. On the left, we are examining The Old Folks (Mother and Father) by American artist John Steuart Curry (1897–1946) before it goes out on loan later this month.

A painting of two adults in rocking chairs beside a painting of a child wearing draping robes

Sir Joshua Reynolds (British,1723–1792), Boy with Grapes, 1772, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mary M. Emery, 1927.416

John Steuart Curry (American, 1897–1946), The Old Folks (Mother and Father), 1929, oil on canvas, The Edwin and Virginia Memorial, 2002.46