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36 The Orland Historical Society, Orland Park, Illinois found this painting in the home they were offered for their historical society. The verso of the painting contains the following inscription: "Dr. Andrew Paxton Hay. Born December 1790. Died 1848, aged 58 years. Portrait was painted when he was 36 years old in 1826 by T. Terrell." The painting is so layered with discolored varnish and nicotine it has lost all of the intended tonal relationships. Cleaning will offer a dramatic return to the original intent. The painting is also typical of former restoration techniques where oil paint was used for retouching. Oil paint discolors as it ages. This accounts for the highly disfiguring strokes on the sitter's face.
Anon. "Portrait of Dr. Andrew Paxton Hay" 1826
H. 30" X W. 24" Before Treatment

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Chris Olson (1905-2000)
"New England Valley" Before

Robert Shade (1861-1912)
"Still-Life" 1907 Before Treatment
37. With these two paintings, the West Bend Museum of Art has sent in their third set for treatment. (See Page 3. No.11 and Page 6. No. 23.) The Director stated "these regionally significant works...would likely have languished in the vault for decades if not forever. This is not an overstatement. It is a fact." The far left "New England Valley" has a lyrical sky and landscape well reminiscent of Rockwell Kent and Marvin Cone.

Detail During Cleaning

During Cleaning

Detail During Cleaning

After Treatment

After Treatment

Detail After Teatment
           
           

38. This "Harbor Scene" is signed and dated 1868. The painting is owned by the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Illinois. This unique museum provides funeral professionals, scholars and the public with an opportunity to examine ethnic, cultural, social, legal, and economic issues related to the history of the funeral profession. It also examines mourning customs in America from the beginning of the Republic to the present day. It is one of only two funeral museums in America.
E.C.Cortes "Harbor Scene" 1868
H. 30" X W. 46" Before Treatment

Detail During Cleaning

After Treatment
           
           

39. Painters often choose wood as a support material. It has the advantages over canvas in that it is more durable and offers a smooth surface. It also has disadvantages. Wood can warp, is susceptible to splitting and can easily promote insect and mold growth. Hardwoods are usually preferred over softwoods for they offer greater strength and stability. In the case of the "Portrait of John Cleveland Robinson," pictured on the left, the artist used pine as the support. The wood has warped and split. Fortunately the small end section has not been lost. Conservation will include cleaning and structural reinforcement to return the split to position. The "Spring Afternoon," on the right, is by Gerrit Sinclair. Sinclair was a regionalist Wisconsin artist. The two paintings are owned by the Neville Public Museum located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Neville Museum is a general museum of art, history and science. It is dedicated to the collection and preservation of significant objects relevant to Northeast Wisconsin.
           

Anon. "Portrait of John Cleveland Robinson" ca.1835
H. 32" X W. 25 1/2" Before Treatment

Gerrit Sinclair "Spring Afternoon"
H. 20" X W. 24" Before Treatment

Detail During Cleaning

Detail During Cleaning

After Treatment

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40. The Wisconsin Historical Society was founded in 1846, two years before statehood. It is the oldest American historical society to receive continuous public funding. The Society's mission is to collect, advance, and disseminate knowledge of Wisconsin and the trans-Allegheny West. The museum's collection contains over 100,000 historical objects and more than 400 paintings. These two images are representative of their portrait and historical collections. The oil on canvas "Portrait of John C. Starkweather" (H. 43 1/4" X W. 35 1/2") is a wonderful example of military, pre-Civil War, portraiture. A verso inscription states: "Presented to the 'Milwaukee Light Guard' by the Artist, private C.V. Bond. Milwaukee, Oct. 21st, 1858". Starkweather (1830-1890) helped organize the Milwaukee Light Guard and served as a Colonel during the Civil War. The oil on canvas "Horlick's Malted Milk Factory" (H. 28" X W. 60 1/2") is another kind of portraiture. It represents an image from Wisconsin's architectural portraiture.Painted in 1914, it was donated to the museum in 1975.

C.V.Bond "Portrait of John Starkweather" 1858
Before Treatment

T.C. Moeller "Horlick's Malted Milk Factory" 1914
Racine, Wisconsin. Before Treatment

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During Cleaning

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