The following is an account from Plas Glyn y Weddw on how an AIM conservation grant of £2,765.82 helped the conservation of an oil painting.
Plas Glyn y Weddw is a vibrant arts centre situated in a gothic Victorian mansion on the Llŷn Peninsula, north Wales. Built in 1857, the house was first opened to the public as an art gallery in 1896 and is today run by an independent charitable trust and supported by a Friends Organisation and a strong team of volunteers.
The award of the AIM Conservation Grant has ensured that essential conservation work has been undertaken on a historic painting enabling it to become a centre point of a new exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Welsh settlers at Patagonia.
The portrait of Sir Thomas Love Duncombe Jones Parry (1832-1891) esquire of the Madryn estate in Llŷn and owner of Plas Glyn y Weddw, was painted by W. Fisher in 1875. Sir Love Jones Parry was a prominent figure in Caernarfonshire during the second half of the 19th century and played an important role in the establishment the Welsh colony in Patagonia.
The conservators responsible for the work is Rachel Howells, and Hannah Tempest, the painting had been in storage for a number of years, and had suffered water damage in the past, the paint was flaking, from the work undertaken involved consolidation, surface dirt removal, structural treatment and stretcher work, repair of a tear and hole, re-varnishing and frame conservation.
The painting’s relevance to this particular exhibition and to the history of the building will attract more visitors to Plas Glyn y Weddw and will create opportunities for children and adults to learn about the establishment of the Colony and the Jones Parry family who built the mansion.
Plas Glyn y Weddw is staging the ‘Patagonia 150’ exhibition from 17th of May until the 12th of July 2015.
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