Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Bringing Back a Cincinnati Brewer Part III

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6/18/2015

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Our paintings conservator just finished conserving this recently acquired anonymous 19th century portrait of Cincinnati brewer, Friedrich Billiods.  (His Lafayette Brewery building behind him still stands on West McMicken Avenue in the Over-the-Rhine district of downtown Cincinnati.)  The painting was cleaned of heavily discolored and grimy varnish.  The canvas was then unlined from poor quality (non-original) cardboard, re-lined to more appropriate linen fabric, and reattached to its original stretcher.  After some minor inpainting and final varnishing, here it is finished and framed in a handsome custom-painted frame that our crack carpentry/paint shop fabricated for it.  Look for Friedrich to make his debut this summer, in the pre-Civil War galleries of the Cincinnati Wing.