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The Library Files: Conserving a 19th century charcoal portrait

29 March 2021

In the first episode of The Library Files, conservator Katy Glen takes us through the process of conserving a badly damaged 19th century charcoal and pastel portrait.

The work depicts stained-glass maker William Montgomery, and is estimated to have been created around 1886 by artist Arthur Wasse.

The portrait came into the Library's collection in poor condition; too fragile to be handled or publicly accessible. In this video, you'll learn how our conservation team will bring the artwork back to life.

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The Library Files is a video series that sheds new light on the little known processes, stories and spaces of State Library Victoria.

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