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Edmond T. Quinn

Clown, 1895

Oil on Canvas


Edmond T. Quinn was a Philadelphia artist who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins and in Paris under Jean Antoine Injalbert. He was a sculptor and painter, working primarily in portraiture. He is known for engaging likenesses filled with sympathetic details which give life to his subjects. 

Condition of the Artwork (2009): 

Although the lining seems sound, it presents a poor appearance from the back, with many areas of canvas not saturated with wax. There is contraction cracking and paint wrinkling in his shirt. Fine, small to medium scale, slightly to heavily cupped, age cracking is visible overall. Areas of thickly built up paint in the background around his head, around his raised hand, and in the central right background, have detaching paint and paint loss. 

Ultra violet light reveals large areas of repaint in his white shirt, pants, and left sleeve. The repaint was applied in a splattered paint technique, which blends into, but does not match, the original paint colors. This splattering repaint is also visible in the background but much of it does not show under UV light. The surface varnish is dull and does not saturate the paint layer well. Ultra violet light reveals streaky remnants of a natural resin that appears to have been partially removed with rags and solvents. Paint interstices have dark remnants of old grime and varnish visible overall. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Locally consolidate large areas of insecure paint with a conservation quality adhesive.
  • Remove/reduce varnish layer with the appropriate cleaning agents.
  • Remove/reduce extensive, poorly matched repaints with the appropriate cleaning agents.
  • Remove/reduce residues of old grime and varnish in paint interstices with the appropriate cleaning agents.
  • Apply an isolating layer of a conservation quality varnish.
  • Fill and inpaint paint losses with conservation quality materials.
  • Apply a conservation quality finishing varnish overall.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field. 

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $11,000.00