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Mary Queen of Scots

Charles West Cope

Mary Queen of Scots, 19th Century

Gouache, Graphite and Colored Pencil on Paper


Purchased with Funds Provided by Edward Bernstein

Charles West Cope was a 19th century English painter. His work primarily consists of narrative and genre scenes, often pulling from English history. This drawing of Mary Queen of Scots is in keeping with this theme, depicting the young queen kneeling, head bowed.

 Current Condition of the Artwork:

The paper is generally worn, discolored, and stained. The pressure sensitive tapes are deteriorated and the adhesive has become embedded in the paper. There is a horizontal fold in the bottom of the paper that was once reinforced with tape that was improperly removed and has resulted in abrasion and loss to the annotation.

 Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Remove tape and patches.
  • Remove and discard matte.
  • Clean surface -- some staining will remain.
  • Reduce adhesive.
  • Mend/reinforce with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

 Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $1,500.00