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Welcome to all Icon members from the Committee of the Icon Paintings Group. We have a regular programme of conferences and meetings spread throughout the year to which all members of Icon and the wider public are warmly invited.



Monday, 23rd February 2015
Jacob Simon
Research Fellow, National Portrait Gallery,

The National Portrait Gallery and the history of conservation.

This talk surveys the history of painting and other restoration and conservation work at the National Portrait Gallery from its foundation in 1856.  It presents this history within the context of conservation at a dozen leading institutions in London and beyond, conservation histories for which are being published on the Gallery’s website as they are completed.  The talk is illustrated by case examples, mainly drawn from the Gallery’s early history.
Jacob Simon is Research Fellow, National Portrait Gallery, and Editor of the Walpole Society’s annual journal for British art history, both voluntary positions. He served as the Gallery’s Chief Curator, 2001-11. He has produced biographical resources for the Gallery’s website on British picture restorers, 1630-1950 , British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950 and British picture framemakers, 1610-1950.

Venue: In the Robing Room at Freemason's Hall, 60 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ.

Freemasons Hall is close to both Covent Garden and Holborn Tube Stations.
Doors open at 6pm. Talk 6.30pm – 8pm

Tickets: ICON members:  £10, non- members: £15. Students £5 (student card required to be shown on the door)

Free wine and cheese inc. in price of ticket.

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