Gadsbys Portrait Restoration
Forty years since their last cleaning and restoration in 1979, Mr. and Mrs. Gadsby are showing their age. Dirt has accumulated over time on the paintings and the original gilded frames. Old varnish layers are decaying. Areas of earlier restoration work are discoloring. Time and the environment have taken their toll. Utilizing updated techniques to address these issues, the treatment plan will include restoration of the paintings and frames, as well as an infrared scan to identify John Gadsby Chapman’s original design of his grandfather. The Museum staff will also take this opportunity to bring Provey out of storage and into a public space within Historic Alexandria. As we study the paintings, we look forward to sharing more about Chapman and his unique Alexandria story. Please help us raise these critical funds to clean and protect the Gadsbys and have them welcome guests for years to come!
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