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Wednesday, May 31 • 9:30am - 10:00am
(Architecture) Research, Encapsulation and Replication of the Original 1844 Trompe l’oeil Apse Mural in the ‘Old Whaler’s Church, Sag Harbor, NY.

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The Old Whaler's Church, designed by Minard Lafever, was built in the Egyptian Revival style in 1844 with an ornate Greek Revival interior. Due to financial constraints, the curved apse was replaced by a flat wall during the construction. A 40' long x 25' high trompe l'oeil mural was painted to provide the illusion of the curved apse. Over 170 years, the original mural was overpainted six times. We were commissioned to research the original, encapsulate what remained and to faithfully reproduce the original. In 2013, our team spent ten days meticulously removing at least six layers of overpaint to allow full scale mapping of the original layout from the exposures, detailed information on the hand(s) and stylistic approach of the original team of artists and the use of two late 1800's photographs to provide accurate data to allow a faithful replication of the mural. In the summer of 2014, we were contracted to reproduce the original mural. This was achieved in 12 weeks. We will detail the original research, including the paint stratigraphy prepared by our paint analyst, and review the methodology applied and the resulting replication.

Speaker(s)
avatar for Geoffrey Steward

Geoffrey Steward

CEO/Managing Director, International Fine Arts Conservation Studios Inc.
Background, Training and Career. Brixton School of Building, London, UK [1968] Trained as a Quantity Surveyor and involved with all aspects of Historic Building conservation and restoration whilst working in the UK for an Architectural practice [1969 - 1973], a Structural Enginee... Read More →

Co-Author(s)
avatar for Mary Aldrich

Mary Aldrich

Chief Conservator, International Fine Arts Conservation Studios Inc.
Conservator and Artist with knowledge in the application of various kinds of paints including: oil, acrylic, lime, calcimine, and glaze. Talented in matching colors and mixing paint by hand. Trained in decorative plaster casting and traditional plaster repair, stenciling, glazing... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Crystal Ballroom A Lobby Level, West Tower

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