2005
Participating Institutions
 
           
66. Terre Haute jeweler Sheldon Swope (1843-1929) left his fortune to establish an art gallery in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana. The second floor of the Swope Block, a commercial building constructed in 1901, was gutted and rebuilt as a modern exhibition space. Works were purchased by the first director, John Rogers Cox, and included items by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield and Edward Hopper. The new Sheldon Swope Art Gallery opened to the public in 1942 to national acclaim. The paintings represented here are by James Farrington Gookins (1840-1904) and William Keith (1838-1911). All three paintings are oil on canvas and will need considerable work to return them to their best appearance.
James Farrington Gookins
"Swiss Chalet" Undated
H. 26" X W. 20" Before Treatment

William Keith "Dark Woods" Undated
H. 36" X W. 60" After Treatment

James Farrington Gookins
"Long's Peak" 1880
H. 28" X W. 48" Before Treatment

"Swiss Chalet" During Cleaning

After Treatment


"Long's Peak" During Cleaning

After Teatment
           
           

67. This oval "Mayflower" is an allegory of a successful steamer. The oil on canvas painting was painted by Frederick E. Cohen (1818-1858) of Detroit, Michigan in 1850. It shows a classical maiden in a swan boat surrounded by six cherubs representing Faith, Hope, Industry, Watchfulness and Navigation. In the distance are sail vessels and far away is seen the steamer, Mayflower. Former restoration work has discolored and can be seen as dark inconsistencies throughout the sky. The luxurious painting is owned by the Detroit Historical Society.
Frederick E. Cohen "The Mayflower" 1850
H. 34" X W. 29" Before Treatment


During Cleaning

After Treatment
           
           


John Hesselius
"Portrait of a Woman" ca. 1775
H. 47" X W. 36" Before Treatment
68. The wonderful early American portrait to the left is attributed to John Hesselius (1728-1788), the son of Swedish émigré artist Gustavus Hesselius. John was born in America and lived in Philadelphia until his marriage in 1763. He then moved to the Annapolis area. He was taught by his father and Robert Feke, who visited Philadelphia from New England in the 1740's. Hesselius was also a student of John Wollaston, an English artist active in America from 1749 to 1759. The painter of many Delawareans, Marylanders, and Virginians, Hesselius is known for giving Charles Willson Peale some of his early lessons in painting. The painting is from the fine art collection at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


During Cleaning


After Treatment
           
           

69. After completing the Landseer for the Figge Museum of Art (formerly the Davenport Museum of Art) the Curator elected to send in two additional paintings for treatment. These oil on canvas religious scenes are by Francisco Martinez. Martinez was born in Mexico City at the end of the 17th Century. He was not only a painter, but also a "gold leaf setter" and it is recorded he completed the Altar of the Kings in the Cathedral in Mexico City in 1743. The paintings have been poorly repaired in the past and will require cleaning and structural repairs to prepare them for an upcoming exhibit. Martinez died in Mexico in 1758.

Francisco Martinez
"The Presentation" ca. 1725
H. 64" X W. 41" Before Treatment

Francisco Martinez
"Christ Preaching to the Elders" ca. 1725
H. 64" X W. 40" Before Treatment


During Cleaning


During Cleaning
           
           

70. The Sherman House in Lancaster, Ohio is the birthplace of the famous Civil War General, William Tecumseh Sherman and his brother, Senator John Sherman. Today the house is owned by a private non-profit group, the Fairfield Heritage Association. The Sherman House is on the Civil War Discovery Trail which links more than 300 sites in 16 states. Sherman (1820-1891) was a Union General during the Civil War and the commanding general of the United States Army for fourteen years. He earlier fought at the first battle of Bull Run. After capturing Atlanta during the Civil War he initiated his "March to the Sea." This stately portrait depicts Sherman at he age of 70, just one year before his death. Conservation treatment will offer dramatic results.
"Gen.William Tecumseh Sherman"
ca.1890  H. 44" X W. 34"
Before Treatment
 
During Cleaning

After Treatment
           
           



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