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Moore River, Maine

Homer D. Martin

Moore River, Maine, 1862

Acrylic, Metallic Acrylic and Collaged Paper on Paper

97-D-397

Gift of Ann and Jay Stiefel

Martin D. Homer was a 19th century American landscape painter who specialized in scenes of Lake George, Lake Ontario, and the Adirondacks in New York state. Mostly self-taught, Martin’s early work is reminiscent of the Hudson River School, with a realistic manner, extreme wilderness, and few figures. His style changed after an 1876 visit to England where Martin was exposed to Whistler and consequently developed a looser painting technique. A limited number of sketches, possibly including this one, exist for some of Martin’s oil paintings. 

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The pencil sketch, on poor quality wove paper, is improperly, and partially mounted to poor quality board. The paper is slightly distorted as a result of the mounting technique. The right edges of paper and board have been trimmed. There is a severe 10” horizontal crease in the top margin that results from mount. There are small edge tears. The paper is darkly discolored and there is a severe rectangle of mat burn which is smaller than image, so image extends 1 ½” to left and right and 1” below mat burn rectangle. There is a darker linear mat burn discoloration outside primary rectangle of discoloration. There is speckled or clustered staining throughout. There are abrasions and surface mars.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Test/remove backing.
  • Clean surface and remove accretions.
  • Wash, if possible.
  • Apply alkaline rinse/buffer, if possible.
  • Locally bleach and rewash, reducing matte burn.
  • Reduce foxing stains.
  • Mend/reinforce.
  • 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:  $2,200.00