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Landscape with Peasants

Joseph Knight

Landscape with Peasants, 1880

Gouache on Paper Mounted on Wood Panel



Joseph Knight was a 19th century English landscape painter and engraver. Many of his landscapes, like this one, depict rolling countryside in soft pastels, broken up by small groups of workers. The figures’ presence suggests a reference to other Realist artists of the 19th century, such as Gustave Courbet and Jean François Millet. 

Current Condition of the Artwork:

A Paintings Conservator should be consulted regarding the paint condition and overpaint. The media has several condition problems including loss, abrasion, fractured paint and/or varnish, and overpaint. The painting is executed on a woven paper that has been mounted to an acidic board. There are several tears and losses that have been over-painted, located in the perimeter of the painting. The back of the board has a brown wash applied to it. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • A Paintings Conservator should be consulted regarding treatment of the paint. This treatment should be a collaboration between a Painting and Paper Conservator.
  • Removal of the board is recommended for long-term preservation of the object since removal of the acidic board will increase its longevity.
  • Consolidate media.
  • Clean surface.
  • Mend/reinforce.
  • Insert losses with western wove paper similar in weight, tone, and texture.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • Inpaint.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field. 

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $3,300.00