Artist: Frances Drexel Paul (1852-1952) after Markó Andrea (1826-1895)
Creation Date: 1879
Conservation Date: 2015-2016
Accession Number: 05.00A.0002
Francis Martin Drexel, father of Anthony J. Drexel, portrait artist turned banker was not the only artist in the family. Frances (Fannie) Drexel Paul, Anthony and Ellen Drexel’s second child, was also a talented painter. In The Drexel Collection we have one piece by Frances, a landscape after Italian artist Marko Andrea (1826-1895). Marko Andrea was known for his paintings of the Italian countryside, which were incredibly detailed with a clear brightness. This copy by Frances captures Andrea’s technique, which is especially evident now that the piece has been conserved.
The conservator, Aella Diamantopoulos, has worked on several of the paintings and frames in The Drexel Collection, stabilizing flaking paint and gilding, cleaning varnish and inpainting losses. For this piece she surface cleaned both the painting and the frame. She removed the discolored varnish from the painting and inpainted all of the losses using reversible techniques. Lastly, she re-stretched the painting on its original stretcher to remove any warping. For the frame, Aella discovered that the outer portion of the frame was not original to the piece and was too heavy for the painting. This was removed and returned to the collection and the remaining frame was filled and retouched.