by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
published 1802 (1795)
PAST EXHIBITION ARCHIVE
A Print Conservation Project in Focus
Until 19 May 2002
Funded by the Leche Trust
The Gallery's Archive houses
a rich collection of portrait prints which are rarely exhibited.
Sadly, a number of these have fallen into disrepair, because
in the past they were often viewed as reference tools rather
than works of art. The National Portrait Gallery has an ongoing
commitment to rescue these prints from deterioration. This exhibition
goes behind the scenes at the Gallery in charting the recent
conservation of a group of large and important Georgian engravings.
It shows how these previously foxed, torn and tattered prints
have regained much of their original vitality. It also offers
visitors advice on caring for their own prints and collections.
The exhibition has been curated by the Heinz Archive and Library which is open to the public by appointment.