RESTORATION OF PAINTING
FERN ISABELLE COPPEDGE
"View of Gloucester Harbor"
SZELAG ART CONSERVATION, INC.
Fern Isabelle Coppedge, American (1883-1951),
Painting "View of Gloucester Harbor" oil on canvas
signed ,was delivered to our studio in very bad condition
and unsecurely framed in deteriorating frame.
Surface of the painting covered with thick layer of smoke,
dirt and grime, and layer of old discolored varnish.
Paint layer with thick impasto was very brittle, with web of
stress cracks. Particles of paint and ground flaked off and
missing in many places. Two small tears. Stretcher in
acceptable condition with missing keys.
After tests and photographic documentation fragile paint
layer was secured and painting surface was superficially
cleaned. Varnish removed. Patches attached. Later painting
was properly stretched, areas with missing paint layer filled
and all damages retouched. After varnishing artwork was
mounted in original restored frame.
Photos are showing cleaning tests and stages of cleaning