topic: Conservation

Phasing out Zinc White?

“I read a report from a manufacturer about using zinc white causing problems in oil paintings, and they are phasing out the usage of it. Any thoughts about it?”   Indeed we have after much consideration decided to err on the side of caution and cease making it. It has also been removed from our […]

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The Tate Gallery

Working with the conservation scientist Joyce Townsend, I was asked to formulate a 99.9% pure flake white paint which incorporated, as pigment, a lead carbonate we had made specifically for this purpose. Every aspect of its manufacture had to be considered, so as to replicate in every way the characteristics of paint in the late […]

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English Heritage

On this occasion I was approached by the architectural paint researcher Helen Hughes who was part of the English Heritage team endeavouring to analyse, and so to reproduce, various colours which constituted the original decorative schemes uncovered during the restoration of Danson House, a grade 1 listed villa built in London in the 1760’s. With […]

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Environmental Research For Art Conservation

This project was initiated by a consortium of galleries and Birkbeck College, London University, with the aim of evaluating the air quality of the indoor environments of museums, art galleries and historic houses containing paintings. Tests for ascertaining air quality involved the preparation of control samples comprising selected pigment and paint media which were then […]

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