|Washington Resigning's canvas is currently under conservation at Artex Fine Art Services. To understand the scope of the surface cleaning process, take note that the videos included for this week's blog post all focus on a small part of the table cloth near the attendees. Maryland State Archives, 24 July 2014.|
Currently, conservators are finishing the process of cleaning the surface of the painting. Their work entails removing the old varnish, dirt, and layers of retouching from the painting to reveal most of the original 1859 layer. Artex Fine Art Services conservator, Christy St. Germain, explained the technique: “The discolored and dull varnish layers along with the old, matched, or discolored retouching were removed using a three step process.” First, “The surface was rolled over with solvent on cotton swabs to remove/reduce the more recent synthetic varnish layers and most recent retouching.”
Edwin White’s Washington Resigning His Commission will return to the Maryland State House, looking better than ever, in December of this year as part of the opening of the Old Senate Chamber. Stay tuned for more updates!