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Study of Matthew Carey

Robert F. McGovern

Study of Matthew Carey, 1976

Charcoal, Crayon and Wash on Paper


Robert McGovern is a 20th century American woodcutter and woodcarver from Philadelphia. This piece, neither woodcut nor woodcarving, is made of charcoal, crayon, and wash. It probably depicts the 18th century Philadelphia printmaker, Matthew Carey, who worked for Benjamin Franklin. Carey established a publishing company in Philadelphia and went on to found the Pennsylvania Herald, Columbian Magazine, and American Museum and published significant works like the Encyclopedia Americana and a dictionary of German lexicon. 

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

Attachment to back of acidic window matte and contact with acidic back matte are adversely affecting the sketch and make it vulnerable when handling. The charcoal image is in good condition. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • The sketch paper will be removed from the window and back matte. The window and back matte will be discarded.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $500.00