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WHAT'S IN A CRACK ? THE MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES OF STANHOPE FORBES AND THE NEWLYN SCHOOL OF PAINTERS Sarah Cove Thursday 13 February 2020

This lecture features details of notable and little seen works by Stanhope Forbes and his contemporaries in the late 19th century Newlyn painting colony, drawing on private collections as well as more familiar works from gallery collections both near and far.

Recent cleaning and conservation work has shown that many Newlyn School paintings are riddled with drying cracks.  Yet little technical examination or scientific analysis has been carried out to address the questions raised by such technical discoveries.  Working from her own research and conservation records, Sarah Cove will reveal the secrets of the Newlyn painters’ methods as viewed under the microscope, and will ask as many questions as she answers.   Her lecture is illustrated with unique close-up macro-photos and the use of scientific methods such as x-radiography and infra-red reflectography.

 

Sarah Cove ACR is an accredited paintings conservator-restorer, technical art historian and lecturer with more than 35 years’ experience working on paintings for the heritage and private sectors. She is based in London and Falmouth and specialises in British portraits, 19th-20th century British landscapes and oil sketches on paper and board. In 1986 she founded the Constable Research Project and she is now the leading authority on Constable’s materials and techniques. She has appeared in several TV programmes for the BBC, notably Constable in Love with Andrew Graham-Dixon and Fake or Fortune? (twice) where she was instrumental in the discovery of 3 ‘lost’ Constables.