BAPCR AGM and Evening Talk
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.
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.