ICON Conservation Award Goes to Hanbury Hall

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on December 14, 2010

As noted by Emile de Bruijn at Treasure Hunt, ICON (The Institute of Conservation) presented the 2010 Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation to Hanbury Hall for its care of Sir James Thornhill’s staircase wall paintings (ca. 1710). In addition to the official statement from ICON included below, additional information and photographs are available here»

Sir James Thornhill, Painted Walls of the Staircase at Hanbury Hall, ca. 1710 ©NTPL/John Hammond

Winner: Hanbury Hall staircase wall paintings of c.1710 by Sir James Thornhill – The Perry Lithgow Partnership.
A 10-year conservation project at the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall has re-established the unity of this historic painted space, enabling the trompe l’oeil effects to be appreciated as Thornhill intended, and adding considerably to our understanding of English Baroque wall painting techniques. It was a bold move to let the public view the paintings via scaffolding, thus creating an excellent model for public access.

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