We are delighted to launch a new conservation appeal to raise essential funds for the ongoing care and endurance of CAM's Collection.
A popular favourite of the Collection, this 1931 portrait of the Duchess, who many of us knew as the Queen Mother, by James Quinn requires a significant conservation treatment.
As identified by a qualified, professional conservator, the painting is in substandard condition due to mechanical cracking in the paintwork and surface dirt, with damage and warping to the frame, needing extensive repairs and cleaning. The significant conservation requires both painting treatment and frame treatment and rehousing.
We are seeking tax-deductible donations to enable this urgent conservation treatment by a professional conservator, with a fundraising target of $9,000 to support the conservation and associated costs such as freight and insurance.
Visitors are invited to view the work at CAM, which is currently on display in the Museum to raise awareness of this appeal. Please help us save this much-loved gem in the Collection. All contributions are gratefully received.
The Portrait's History
Painted by James Quinn (1869-1951) in 1931, a connection between Castlemaine Art Museum and the Duke and Duchess of York was briefly established when the couple briefly stopped at the Castlemaine Station to an enthusiastic audience on their way Royal Tour to Bendigo in April 1927.
After the war, the desire to commemorate the kindness experienced by wounded Castlemaine soldiers recuperating at the Duchess’ Strathmore family home, Glamis, led the Castlemaine Art Museum to commission a portrait of the Duchess for the benefit of the community. An anonymous donor funded the project.
James Quinn was considered appropriate as a well-recognised portrait painter with relatives in the district. Quinn gained rapid notoriety as a highly accomplished portrait painter, his many commissions included portraits of royalty, the military, statesmen, notable people, religious figures, and Japanese visitors to London. His casual, easy-going nature appears to have endeared him to many sitters and the artistic society.
The Duchess agreed to six sittings however, many more sittings were undertaken as three portraits were produced over the years. The portrait was entered in the Royal Academy where it remained on show at Burlington House London for three months prior to its journey to Castlemaine.
Sir Brudenell White unveiled the portrait on Saturday 5th December 1931 to much ceremony and local pride. James Quinn visited Castlemaine Art Museum in February 1936 at which time he donated two other works.
All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.
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