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Participating Institutions
 
 
86. The West Bend Art Museum in West Bend, Wisconsin is one of the State's great museums. With a varied collection, it is primarily known for housing the work of Carl von Marr (1858-1936). Born in Germany, von Marr exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in 1894. The museum owns over 300 of his works including the pictured "Altar Boy." The right image is by Robert Merrill (1842-1924) while the left is by William Lang (1888-?) The museum has now received free conservation services on a total of eleven paintings.
           


William Lang
"Fall Scene" 1948
H. 28" X W. 32" After


Carl von Marr "Altar Boy"
H. 14" X W. 10"
After Treatment 


Robert Merrill "Landscape"
H. 10" X W. 18"
Ater Treatment
           
           


87. The Wisconsin Historical Society is the owner of these two oil-on-canvas paintings. The "Portrait of Black Hawk" is by Robert Sully (1803-1855). Interestingly, it is the second portrait of Black Hawk being worked on concurrently. The other is owned by the the State Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines, Iowa (See page 18). Black Hawk (1767-1838) is noted for his struggle against westward movement of the white man in Illinois. At one time he fought with the British in the War of 1812. Black Hawk was later captured and imprisoned for three years. He eventually joined his tribe on a reservation in Iowa. Black Hawk's defeat marked the end of Indian-held lands in Illinois. The right image is entitled, "The First House Built in Madison." Both paintings are from the early part of the 19th Century.
           

Robert Sully
"Portrait of Black Hawk" ca. 1835
H. 36" X W. 29" Before Treatment


C.A.Johnson
"First House Built in Madison" ca.1820
H. 18 3/4" X W. 24" Before Treatment 


During Cleaning


During Cleaning


After Treatment


After Treatment
           
           


           
88. After completing four paintings for Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Director elected to send in two additional paintings for treatment. The left image is a recreation of a Dutch interior scene. The right "Female Figure" has been glued to a backing board causing the paint layer to lift and crack. The painting will have to be separated from the board and lined to an auxiliary support.


Artz "Dutch Interior"
H. 27" X W. 35" Before


Anon. "Female Figure"
H. 40" X W. 30" Before


During Cleaning


During Cleaning 


After Treatment

After Treatment
           
           


89. These two portraits are owned by the State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. The left image is a portrait of Samuel Merrill (1822-1899). In 1856 Merrill moved to Iowa and became a Colonel in the 21st Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. He eventually served as Governor of Iowa from 1868 to 1872. Severe water damage has resulted in paint loss and lifting along the bottom edge. The portrait was painted by David Gue (1836-1917). The unsigned right image is a portrait of George L. Davenport (1817-1885) whose eldest son was the founder of Davenport, Iowa. The non-original lower inventory number has been applied directly to the paint surface.
           


David Gue "Portrait of Samuel Merrill"
H. 44" X W. 36" Before Treatment


Anon. "Portrait of George L. Davenport"
H. 30" X W. 25" Before Treatment


During Cleaning


During Cleaning


After Treatment


After Treatment
           
           


           
90. The lower T.C Steele is an oil on canvas landscape. Steele often painted over his own compositions causing harsh cracking as the layers dried at different rates. This painting has been attached to a metal support in an attempt to offer a "flat" appearance. Instead, the cracks have been fixed into place disrupting the overall tonal flow. The canvas will have to be separated from the metal and then undergo a moisture/vapor treatment. This treatment allows organic and aqueous vapors to filter through the paint surface under controlled vacuum hot-table procedures. As a result, lifting areas of paint relax and return to plane. All four paintings are owned by the Indiana State Museum and once again attest to their strong holdings within the Hoosier School of Art. These paintings represent a total of twenty canvases conserved for the museum over the last two years.
           


T.C. Steele "Narrow Street into Town"
H. 18" X W. 28" Before Treatment


Frank Dudley "Landing the Fish Boat"
H. 27" X W. 30" Before Treatment


Frank Dudley "From Mt. Tom"
H. 27" X W. 30" Before Treatment


Dudley "Where Sun & Shadow Meet"
H. 27" X W. 30" Before Treatment

Dudley "Where Sun & Shadow Meet"
During Cleaning


Frank Dudley "Landing the Fish Boat"
During Cleaning

After Treatment

After Treatment

After Treatment

After Treatment
           
           


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