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The Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin number 4

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This volume is the fourth in what is now to become a regular biennial publication which will present the recent research of past and present staff and students (including early career interns) of the Hamilton Kerr Institute in the conservation, structure, materials, history etc. of paintings.

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In Artists’ Footsteps; The Reconstruction of Pigments and Paintings

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In Artists’ Footsteps explores the technical study and reconstruction of Old Master paintings and pigments from the medieval to the modern period. The contributions from experts in the fields of technical art history and conservation reflect a broad spectrum of current research and investigation worldwide.

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The Westminster Retable History, technique, conservation (Painting and Practice)

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The late 13th-century Westminster Retable is rightly celebrated as one of the most beautiful and enigmatic panel paintings to have survived from medieval Europe. Its history is not without tragedy. It was made in the Westminster Abbey, one of the most prestigious Gothic churches of the thirteenth century, itself a treasure-house of medieval wall and panel painting; then, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, it was demoted rapidly to use as part of a large cupboard; its ruination in the eighteenth century just pre-dated the Gothic Revival and its rediscovery and rescue. Since then, it has intrigued commentators because of its extraordinary technical mastery, its value as an ornamental resource for study and, more recently, as an important if fragmentary link in the history of painting in England and France in the thirteenth century. There is every reason to believe that its standing as an artwork was apparent even in the Middle Ages, and that, in short, it may be seen as one of the central monuments of Anglo-French Gothic painting. You can download an order form and order directly from the publisher.

There is more information about the retable on our website.

Hardback. ISBN 978-1-905375-28-8

Thornham Parva Retable (Painting and Practice)

Thornham Parve Retable(2004)
The Thornham Parva Retable is Britain's largest and most complete medieval altarpiece. It was found in a loft above a stable at Thornham Hall in Suffolk in 1927; soon afterwards it was installed in the small thatched church of St Mary, Thornham Parva in Suffolk. In 1994 the Thornham Parva Retable was moved to the Hamilton Kerr Institute for examination and conservation. This book is an account of that process. The examination of the Retable is placed in context by discussion of medieval painting techniques and methods of manufacture including the medieval timber trade. A comparison with other similar surviving medieval paintings is presented, and the use of tin-relief decoration, which is a prominent feature of the Retable, is discussed. An important aspect of the conservation of the Retable included the provision of a stable environment within the church. The book may be ordered directly from the publisher, Brepols.

Hardback. ISBN 978-1-872501-07-9

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 3

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 3 (2000)
The third bulletin includes the following articles: The Santa Marina retable from Mayorga, attributed to the Master of Palanquinos (c.1490), the effects of reinforcements on the preservation of paintings on wood panel, consensus in the classification of craquelure, the conservation and technique of the Upton House Saenredam, the Castle Ashby Holy Family, a technical investigation and comparison with the technique of Sebastiano del Piombo, Joshua Reynolds' experiments with wax and his sources, the commission and restoration of six portraits of the daughters of George III by Sir William Beechey, Marcus Gheeraerts' The countess of Bedford and her Daughter, an alternative attribution, Jan Both's Italian Landscape, materials, technique and treatment.

Paperback. ISBN 978-0-904454-63-5

Index of Account Holders in the Roberson Archive 1820-1939

Roberson Archive Index(1997)
An index of over 9,000 artists recorded in the account ledgers of the London artists' colourmen Charles Roberson & Co., whose extensive archive is housed at the Hamilton Kerr Institute. A checklist of those involved in the Victorian and Edwardian art world, predominantly in the British Isles but also abroad. Customers include members of the Royal, Scottish, Cambrian and Hibernian Academies, graphic artists, designers, amateur painters including royal and aristocratic artists, patrons, dealers, restorers and suppliers of materials. Giving names, addresses and the dates of each account, the index is both a key to further research into the Roberson Archive and a means of identifying artists of the period, including many less well-known names.

Paperback. ISBN 978-0-904454-46-8

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 2

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 2(1994)
The second bulletin includes articles on early Dutch flower paintings, works by Lambert Sustris, Giacinto Calandrucci, Pseudo-Bramantino and Maso da San Friano, Lely's studio practice, support systems and consolidation treatments for panel paintings, seventeenth-century use of bituminous paint, Dutch pigment terminology and the history of egg-white varnishes.

Paperback. ISBN 978-0-904454-35-2

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 1

Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 1(1988)
Contains articles on works by Robert Peake, Paolo Uccello, Rembrandt, Cosimo Tura, Gert van Lon, El Greco, Canaletto and Orazio Gentileschi, an examination of the use of scanning electron-microscopy to study blanching and an introduction to the teaching programme at the Institute. Also includes the annotated catalogue of paintings exhibited at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1988 to mark the first ten years of the Institute's activity.

Paperback. ISBN 978-0-904454-23-9