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Merligen on the Thuner See from Spiez, Switzerland

Richard Seddon

Merligen on the Thuner See from Spiez, Switzerland, 20th Century

Watercolor and India Ink on Paper


Richard Seddon, a member of the English Seddon family of artists and craftsmen, was a 19th century architect and designer. For most of his career, Seddon partnered with another architect, John Prichard, designing several major buildings, including the Whitehall War and Services Offices. The two also restored numerous churches, although their methodologies differed: Prichard refused to restore work that was not original while Seddon strove to preserve tradition and detail as carefully as possible. Little is known about Seddon’s drawings and paintings such as this piece, Merligen on the Thuner.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The paper appears to have been adhered to the mount board prior to media application. The mounting may have been done by the artist, but the poor quality, acidic mount and adhesive are causing long-term preservation issues for the watercolor paper. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Remove mount and reduce adhesive from the back as much as possible with organic solvent.
  • Clean surface.
  • Mend.
  • Flatten.
  • Discard mount.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

 Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $2,200.00