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Conservation

  • A “Revealing” Project in the Office
    June 29, 2017
    From a stuffed bird under a dome to manual typewriters to crystal and silver desk sets, the Office at Tudor Place is so densely stuffed with fascinating objects that it can be hard to know where to look first. The room appears almost exactly as it did in the 1920s, when Armistead Peter, Jr., the estate’s third ...
  • From the January Clean: An Unexpected Repair
    January 14, 2016
    Cleaning, counting, and assessing conditions are all part of the drill when the museum closes each year for what we call the “January Clean.” Rugs are rolled up, paintings removed from walls for examination, and the walls themselves examined. In the garden, bricks are relaid and trees trimmed amid the usual plant care and preparations for ...
  • “Gentleman of Georgetown:” Thomas Peter’s Portrait Assessed
    April 9, 2015
    Spectrometry revealed changes over time in Thomas Peter’s portrait. When Tudor Place founder Thomas Peter sat for an oil portrait in the 1830s, riding crop in hand, the painter took pains to show him as a gentleman at ease. Recent conservation assessment of this significant Tudor Place painting, assumed to be by Peter’s son-in-law William G. ...
  • “Make-Over” of a Rare Daguerreotype: Martha Parke Custis Peter and Granddaughter
    April 9, 2015
    To save an 1850s daguerreotype, a portrait of Tudor Place founder Martha Parke Custis Peter (1777-1854) with granddaughter Martha Custis Kennon (1843-1886), conservation took place early this year. Martha Peter’s father, John Parke (“Jacky”) Custis (1754-1781), was Martha Washington’s son from her first marriage. She and George Washington raised him at Mount Vernon, which is where Martha ...
  • Tudor Place Friends and Collaborators Celebrate National Preservation Award
    June 26, 2014
    Current and past staff members, consultants, conservators, and other supporters gathered June 18 to celebrate the bestowal on Tudor Place of the coveted Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. Cool wine and beverages offered relief from the heat for the 64 guests gathered for the awards ceremony, catered ...
  • Conservation Studies Resource List compiled by Tudor Place staff
    December 10, 2013
    · Conservation · Tudor Place is dedicated to sharing best practices and new technologies in conservation and collections care through a variety of educational resources and workshops. For study and reference in this area, curatorial staff recommends these print and online resources. Download the list of resources « Return to Topic
  • The Square Piano: Conservator’s Report
    December 10, 2013
    · Conservation · Purchased by Major George Peter (1779–1861), this 1804 John Broadwood & Sons instrument has remained in the Peter family for generations. A conservation and cleaning project undertaken in 2012 revealed that most of its parts are original and in an excellent state of preservation. Most notably, the instrument has a six-octave compass (with ...
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