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Conserving Elizabeth Styring Nutt’s Autumn on the Northwest Arm
Four Seasons: Four Paintings  |  On view May 3, 2010-January 9, 2011

Nutt Four Seasons

The impetus for this small installation of Elizabeth Nutt’s four seasonal paintings of the Northwest Arm was the completion of a long-term conservation treatment of her Autumn view, created by the artist in 1927 during her 24-year tenure as principal of the Victoria College of Art and Design (now NSCAD University).

The mystery surrounding the painting's poor condition when it came into the Gallery’s collection in 2001 remains unresolved, however, the satisfaction gained from returning this work to a state close to that intended by the artist is immeasurable, especially given that prospects for success at the beginning stages seemed bleak. Senior Conservator Laurie Hamilton documents the recovery process in a pamphlet accompanying the exhibit.

Conserving Mary Riter Hamilton's painting The Return Home

MRH_before MRH_after
 Before Treatment
  After Treatment

Dated 1919, this poignant work signals the start of this artist’s three-year journey to paint the battlefields of Europe after WWI as commissioned by the War Amps of Canada. This work was purchased with funds generously provided by the estate of Caroline Radcliffe Nelles.

Mary Riter Hamilton Conservation Panel [pdf]

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