An internship in the conservation of paintings

  • Sarah Louise Hillary

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This dissertation is an account of an internship in painting conservation undertaken at the Auckland City Art Gallery during the period January to August 1983. It has been divided into three parts with six associated appendices. Part one discusses the functions and facilities of the Conservation Department. The functions being classed into two main categories, that concerned with the Auckland City Art Gallery and that concerned with National Conservation. The facilities of the Department are not only the equipment and materials of the Conservation studios but the equipment and design around the Gallery that facilitate the task of the conservators whether it be through treatment or by preventative means. Part two covers the programme of work carried out. As indicated in Part one, the conservation department has many other functions apart from the treatment of works of art, and as a member of the department during my internship, I was involved in a number of these which are discussed in this section. This includes packing, meetings and visits to other institutions. Part three deals with the conservation treatments carried out. Section one summarizes the methods and materials used, section two lists the works treated in the order that they were begun, and section three covers the condition and treatment reports for each work. Finally, six appendices have been included which augment information in the text such as a description of the present renovations to the Auckland City Art Gallery and a brief history of conservation in New Zealand.
    Date of Award1983
    Original languageEnglish

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