Selected Artists
 
Ralph Clarkson

"Portrait of John Altgeld" 1898

Owner: The Illinois State Historical Society
Springfield, Illinois
           

Before Treatment

After Treatment

           

A Case Study of this portrait reviews the painting's historical context and conservation procedures.
CASE STUDY
           
Ralph Clarkson is one of Chicago's most important portrait artists. Clarkson was born in 1861 in Massachusetts. He studied art in Boston and with the renown Lefebvre in Paris. He eventually came to Chicago in 1896 and became an instructor and governing member of the Art Institute. In 1898 he was a founding member of the Eagle's Nest Colony. The Colony acted as a summer retreat for a variety of artists including Lorado Taft and Hamlin Garland. The lease on the property lasted as long as one of the original founding members was alive. The lease was provided by the sitter in the below portrait, Wallace Heckman. The two are inextricably linked. In 1942, the Colony ended upon the death of Ralph Clarkson. He is currently represented in the collections of the National Academy, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
           
           

"Portrait of Wallace Heckman"

Owner: Northern Illinois University. Lorado Taft Field Campus.
Oregon, Illinois
           

Before Treatment

After Treatment
           


Home

 





Barry Bauman Conservation
Contact: Mr. Barry Bauman
1122 N. Jackson Ave., River Forest, IL. 60305
Ph.(708)771-0382  Fax.(708)771-1532
e-mail:barrybbc7@yahoo.com