Paint and pigment: how to conserve a Tudor portrait

Members’ event

Conservator working on an old portrait with paintbrush in one hand and palette in the other.

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15 December 2023, 19.00-20.00

The Law Photography Studio

£15 (Members only)

Join the Gallery’s conservator, Polly Saltmarsh, for an intimate evening talk revealing the processes behind her conservation of some of the Gallery’s most prized Tudor portraits. From demonstrating how pigments were used to render fabrics, jewels and other decorative elements of royal clothing, to revealing how these portraits have changed over time, Polly will offer her unique insight as a conservator and show how she has worked directly with these treasures from art history to preserve them for the future.

Polly Saltmarsh is an experienced conservator working for a variety of museums and institutions including the National Portrait Gallery, London, National Trust as well as private collections. Polly studied for her MA (Hons) in Art History at Glasgow University following which she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Easel Painting Conservation at the Courtauld Institute in Art, London, graduating in 2007. In 2008 she joined the research project, Making Art in Tudor Britain at the National Portrait Gallery. The groundbreaking research investigated materials and methods used to create some of Britain’s most iconic early portraits, an area Polly has published on and continues to be actively interested in.