FOT Lecture Series IV: Another Shade of Blue: Paint Discoveries in Nineteenth-Century Urban Slave Quarters Dr. Susan BuckMarch 28, 2021 at 6:30pm Zoom
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Moderated by Dr. Nicole Blackwood, President of Friends of the Owens-Thomas House.
FOT Lecture Series IV: March 21, 28 and April 11
The most compelling and accessible paints in the Owens-Thomas House Cellar and the quarters for enslaved people in the Carriage House are the chalky blue washes that survive in many of these spaces. What are these pigmented coatings and what might they mean for the interpretation of these work areas and chambers? New comparative paint analysis using cross-section and polarized light microscopy analysis techniques has revealed that there are multiple pigmented and unpigmented limewashes on the plaster and woodwork. The blue-pigmented washes which are now obvious to visitors are the most recent coatings in areas where there are up to 17 generations of coatings, including earlier yellow and pinkish pigmented limewashes. These pigmented washes are not unique to the Owens-Thomas House. Similar nineteenth-century pigmented coatings have been found in context at other kitchen-laundry buildings and carriage houses of comparable importance in Charleston, South Carolina. This lecture will explain how these paints are analyzed and interpreted, and will offer new insights into their compositions and relative dates.
About the Expert:
Dr. Susan Buck is one of the leading architectural paint researchers in the country. She completed her Ph.D. in Art Conservation Research at the University of Delaware where she won an outstanding dissertation award from the College of Arts and Science. Her private conservation work includes paint and finish analysis for objects and architecture, as well as conservation treatments, for institutions including Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier, Historic Charleston Foundation, Historic Annapolis, Historic Deerfield, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MESDA, Drayton Hall and the World Monuments Fund Qianlong Garden Conservation Project in The Forbidden City in Beijing. Susan lectures widely in the US and China, and has published more than sixteen articles, including three that were translated for Chinese publications.
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