Worcester Art Museum to Present Portraits by William Hogarth
Friday, July 18, 2014
Portraits by William Hogarth
This collection is through the WAM’s Jeppson Idea Lab.
Portraits by William Hogarth will display the techniques and findings from a year-long conservation process, made possible by a nearly $35,000 grant from the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund.
Jeppson Idea Lab
“The Jeppson Idea Lab provides our visitors with insight into the incredible work of curators, scholars, and conservators, without whom the great stories of art history would be lost to time,” said WAM Director Matthias Waschek. “With this remarkable presentation of companion portraits by William Hogarth, our visitors can experience the original palette and brushstrokes of one of the great masters of the 18th century and gain a deeper appreciation of the work through learning about the nuances of its conservation. As the first museum to bring Hogarth’s works to the United States, we look forward to building on WAM’s pioneering legacy by granting visitors unparalleled access to these gems of the Museum’s British paintings collection.”
Painted by Hogarth in 1744, William James and Elizabeth James were displayed at the Museum for almost 100 years following their acquisition in 1910. Removed from view for a 2008 gallery renovation, the pendant portraits were long considered to be in good condition before WAM’s conservators embarked on this extensive project.
The Jeppson Idea Lab, a series that presents single or small selections of objects from WAM’s permanent collection to engage viewers in the Museum’s conservation, curatorial, and other scholarly work, will explore the conservation process and its findings in depth.
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