Sophie Plender MBE


A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie Plender on being awarded an MBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list! Sophie, BAPCR member and one time Council Member said “It was a complete surprise!” At the BAPCR meeting on the 9th July Chair Pippa Balch led the congratulations as assembled members applauded her achievement.

Notification of the honour was published on 14th June in the London Gazette with Sophie listed as ‘Painting Conservator and Restorer. For services to the Arts.’

Sophie is known for her work at the National Portrait Gallery, The Dulwich Picture Gallery and in her own studio, but she spoke to The Picture Restorer in 2011 about her whole career which started with her training at the Courtauld Institute. (The Picture Restorer, Issue 38).


 Sophie at the BAPCR 'Ripping Yarns' Conference in 2011

Sophie at the BAPCR ‘Ripping Yarns’ Conference in 2011


BAPCR AGM and Evening Talk

(c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Rose Miller – John Sell Cotman and John Crome: Material Sensibilities

Wednesday 9th July 2014
Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens’ Square, London, WC1N 3AT
Doors 6.30, AGM 7.00pm, talk at 7.30pm

BAPCR members Free / Non-members £10 on the door




The BAPCR looks forward to welcoming you at the Art Workers’ Guild for our AGM and evening talk by Rose Miller.

John Sell Cotman and John Crome: Material Sensibilities   Research has shown that these masters of British landscape had a particular understanding of their painting materials and methods. Cotman and Crome’s common use of coarse or recycled materials often resulted in paintings that show a disregard for the decorum of surface, but their paintings are not simply the result of poverty and homemade brushes (as previously perceived). They were skillfully manipulating their materials, and with them, exploring their material surroundings – their landscape.

This talk will explore two phenomena, the presence of drying cracks in the oil paintings of Cotman, and the visual effect of open weave canvas in those by Crome. It will suggest that what could be read as drying problems should in some cases be seen as drying effects, and what might appear to be varnish residues caught in the troughs of the canvas is an intentional visual device. CO-TMP drying cracks

Rose Miller studied conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld (2005-08) before an internship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (2009-11). This talk results from research that started as her Courtauld student project, and was further pursued in a curatorial research project (2011-13), funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, based at the Hamilton Kerr Institute and in collaboration with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. She now works in private studios in London.

Entry is free of charge to members of the BAPCR, and £10 for non-members. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and after the talk.

It will be possible to join the BAPCR at the door. Benefits include free entrance to BAPCR talks and discounted entry to BAPCR conferences and workshops, plus the excellent journal The Picture Restorer twice yearly.

Associate membership £55/Student membership £20 (free for first year).
Please email Gemma Collins, BAPCR Secretary  if you know you will be attending the talk so we can buy enough wine and soft drinks.