Title: Portrait of a South American Official
Artist: Francis Martin Drexel
Creation Date: 1827
Conservation Date: September 12, 2013
Accession Number: 01.001.0001
Conserved this past summer, this portrait is one of the few in The Drexel Collection that was painted by Francis Martin Drexel while in South America. As one of the few examples in The Drexel Collection of this period of Francis Martin Drexel’s career it was a priority to have it conserved.
During conservation the surface of the painting was cleaned and the varnish was removed. The conservator then consolidated the painting to stabilize areas where the paint was flaking, especially around any cracks in the paint layer. The canvas was then removed from the stretcher and relaxed to diminish the warping and the edges were reinforced. The canvas was then reattached to the stretcher and the missing keys were replaced. The losses in the frame were repaired and after reassembly the reverse of the painting was protected with a foam-core backing board.
With the conservation complete, the painting is now on view in the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery along with a number of other portraits by Francis Martin Drexel.