Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Cardwell Restoration

We have received back from the art conservator the restored portrait of William Cardwell, M.D., highlight of the 2006 OHSU Emeritus Luncheon. We posted some information about Dr. Cardwell back in October of 2006, before the funds to restore his portrait were identified.

In the late spring of 2007, conservation monies were identified and we were able to send the damaged painting to ArtFolio here in Portland. Conservator Elzbieta Osiak flattened, cleaned, repaired, and remounted the oil painting, restoring Dr. Cardwell to his former glory.

With the piece, we received some information on the artist of this lovely portrait. Horace Wolfe Duesbury (1851-1904) was a portrait and landscape painter active circa 1876-1904. A native of Sheffield, England, Duesbury studied art in Australia before moving to San Francisco in 1876. In 1879, he moved to Portland, but returned to San Francisco only seven years later. His portrait of Cardwell would have been executed, then, sometime between 1879 and 1883, the year Cardwell died.

As a result of this restoration, the painting is again fit for hanging. OHSU's Marquam Hill Art Committee will view the work and consider locations for hanging at its next meeting.

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