Wednesday 18 March 2015

Derby Find

A bodged restoration in the early 1960s badly over-painted to disguise the bodge subsequently led the Derby Museum to re-catalogue Joseph Wright of Derby's Coliseum by Moonlight (1780s) as by a follower of Wright. It was then put into storage and stayed there for 50 years. Recently a museum conservator working on the companion painting Coliseum by Daylight found documents proving that the museum owned both works. That's when the bodge on Moonlight was discovered. It will take a year to restore (CLICK).


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