Landscape Decoration, No 16 by Sidney Sime

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This painting is felt to a late work of the artist, probably dating from the 1920’s. It has a strong,  composition, deep vibrant pigments, the most wonderful, rich, buttery impasto [high, textured brushstrokes],  and … oh yes, two, large vertical tears, a warped stretcher, fragile areas of flaking paint and an uneven surface tension; all very distracting.

The Trustees of The Sidney Sime Gallery were successful in securing funding from the Guildford branch of NADFAS http://www.nadfasguildford.org.uk  to restore this painting. Their support is gratefully acknowledged.

The treatment was complex, particularly the structural repair, but very successful. The repaired canvas was not re-lined [an additional canvas adhered to the back] but strip lined and supported on a new loomed stretcher, thus the texture of the paint and the integrity of the artist’s technique was preserved.

2 thoughts on “Landscape Decoration, No 16 by Sidney Sime

  1. Hazel Neill Conservation says:

    That could well have been what happened Doug. The damage occurred in the distant past – no one connected with the museum can remember when it happened. I have formed a theory that it was in this condition when the gallery was founded in 1956.

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