“The Conservation and Reproduction of Vitruvius Britannicus”.
Review for the Institute of Conservation, ICON news, May 2015 "A new technique for washing artworks on paper" by N.Burnett The Georgian 'Print Room' Explored. The Wallpaper History Review 2008. The Conservation and Reproduction of Vitruvius Britannicus. The British Association of Paper Historians. The Quarterly, No.58, April, 2006. The article describes the investigation and conservation treatment of engravings circa 1720 and the process employed for their reproduction. The Print Room in England and Ireland 1750-1830. The British Association of Paper Historians. The Quarterly No 55, July 2005. The Print Room consisted of pasting prints, engravings, etchings, mezzotints, aquatints and lithographs onto a coloured paper background in a symmetrical arrangement. It was a novel and popular from of decoration during the reigns of George II, George III and George IV. The article details the development of the room, including the influence of wallpaper, and the problems of maintaining the few surviving examples.
Clients and projects have included: The United States Embassy London, treatment of part of the art on paper collection. Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Collection, Hampton Court art on paper survey, conservation of art on paper collection. The Royal Academy, London, exhibition condition reporting. The Palace of Westminster artwork survey and conservation of artworks. Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone, Exhibition preparation of artefacts, installation/ de-installation of Magnificent Manuscripts including Magna Carta. The London Bus Museum, photographic survey. The Roald Dahl Writing Hut, The Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire, The National Army Museum, London, photographic survey. The Sidney Cooper Gallery, exhibition installation of an oversized work on paper. Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Japanese prints & watercolour treatment. Bromley Museum, various works on paper. The Wellcome Trust, London, preservation & survey work. South East Museums Development Programme, training seminars & lectures. Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, parchments and watercolour mounting & framing. The Lightbox, survey of photographic collection. The Edward James Foundation, watercolour conservation, mounting & framing. Medway Archives, Rochester, Kent, parchment & paper manuscript treatment. Middle Temple, remedial treatments of works on paper. Forty Hall Museum Enfield, Survey of paper collections. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, preventive conservation re housing. The Leathersellers Company, remedial treatments. Kent County Council Museums & Archives- Renaissance South East, training workshop, Museums and Libraries Association, lectures on caring for works on paper Lingfield Church Council, Kent, treatment of large manuscript, mounting and re- instating original frame, The Catenian Association, parchment conservation, Morden College, Blackheath, works of art and archives on paper & parchment repair. Various charitable trusts, archives and collectors in the United Kingdom and Eire, Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand, acquisition advice. Multi-national security company in Sweden. Government organisations in Australia.
Projects for Private clients have included a great variety of artists & writers. Some of my favourites include: Master Prints by Albrecht Durer 1471- 1528, Hendrick Goltzius 1558-1617, Andrea Mantegna c1431-1506, Wenceslaus Hollar 1607-1677. Also later works by Hogarth, L. S. Lowry and Paul Nash. Entertaining 18 th century political Caricatures; include hand coloured prints, by Rowlandson, James Gillray. Letters of exquisite penmanship, such as a handwritten correspondence by Florence Nightingale. Modern artworks by Hockney and Banksy.
Undertaking a survey at a Historic Royal Property.
Watercolours, one of my favourite mediums, include works by John Brett, Margaret Stoddart, Frances Hodgkin, Toss Wollaston, Colin McCahon, David Woodlock and Terry Frost. Delicate drawings such as works by the exceptional J. M. W. Turner. Pastels, particularly portraiture of the 18th and early 19th century. And many more incredibly wonderful and inspiring works by unknown artists.