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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: John Ruthven’s Flying Quail

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper


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Paper conservation often involves undoing repairs by others who don’t have the knowledge or materials needed to best preserve the art. I recently examined a drawing by Cincinnati artist John Ruthven (1924 – 2020) with a long tear that had been mended with pressure sensitive tape, often referred to as “Scotch tape.”