17.00 (GMT) / 12.00 (EST)

Eminent international specialists in Works on Paper will share key information and examples on how to preserve the works, and therefore their value over time, and how insuring a work on paper can be part of this process.

This webinar will welcome James Ferrer, Head of Fine Art, Specie & Fine Art Practice, Lockton, Harriet Stratis, independent scholar and conservator, John McGuigan, collector and scholar in conversation with Stephen Ongpin, founder of Stephen Ongpin Fine Art & LAW Chairman, and Sarah Allen, Photographic Materials Conservator at the National Portrait Gallery.

Moderated by Tom Mendel, founder of Nonesuch Gallery and Managing Director of Trois Crayons

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Harriet Stratis, Independent Scholar and Conservator

Harriet Stratis is an independent scholar, conservator, museum consultant and lecturer at The University of Chicago. She has conserved artworks on paper spanning from the 15th century to the present day: from Old Master drawings to the pastels of the Impressionists; from illuminated manuscript cuttings, Japanese prints and Indian miniatures to the complex constructions of outsider artist Martin Ramirez and the collages and mail art of pop artist Ray Johnson. Harriet has published widely on various artists and their materials and techniques, with a particular focus on 19th-century artists including Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, and James McNeill Whistler. She has been a visiting museum scholar at the Getty and the Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts during which time she stressed object-based study and hands-on learning. Harriet is an active member of the American Institute for Conservation, the International Institute for Conservation, and the Print Council of America. Most recently, she contributed to the Royal Academy's exhibition Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec with an essay in the accompanying catalogue.

John McGuigan, The McGuigan Collection

John F. McGuigan Jr. is an independent scholar, collector, and philanthropist. He has written extensively on the topic of artists working in Italy in the 19th century, including, most recently, as co-author of In Light of Rome. Early Photography in the Capital of the Art World, 1842-1871 (Brunswick, Maine, 2022) and as a contributor to American Latium. American artists and travelers in and around Rome in the age of the Grand Tour (Rome, 2023). John has served in an advisory capacity for the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve, Washington, DC; The Olana Partnership, Hudson, New York; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York; and Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. With his wife Mary K. McGuigan, he is the founder of the McGuigan Collection which consists of hundreds of paintings and sculptures, thousands of works on paper, and more than ten thousand period photographs. Their extensive research library and archive which complement the collection are open to qualified researchers.

Sarah Allen, Photographic Materials Conservator

Sarah Allen graduated with an MA in the Conservation of Historic Objects from Lincoln University in 2006, where she received a Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship and undertook internships in Iceland and Athens, as well as the UK. After graduating she worked for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the National Trust and English Heritage, specialising in the conservation of photographic materials. This involved completing a 3-year training and development programme, including the 'Masterclass' at the Centre for Photographic Materials. Since 2010 she has run her own studio, Lux & Livre, with Book Conservator Clare Goulbourn and other collaborators. Lux & Livre work with a range of public sector and private clients. Sarah also acts as Photograph Conservator for the National Portrait Gallery. She is currently working on the upcoming exhibition: Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In (21 March - 16 June 2024).

James Ferrer, Lockton UK

James Ferrer is an established Fine Art insurance broker, having worked at Blackwall Green (Gallagher) before joining Lockton as Head of Fine Art in 2021. James oversees and is responsible for arranging bespoke insurance solutions for Fine Art risks globally. As well as experience in the Fine Art insurance industry, James has previously worked for Sotheby's auctioneers and as an appraiser for Chubb. James' expertise includes supporting art restorers and conservators, insuring exhibitions including nail to nail worldwide transits and working with a vast range of collections from private and museum, to corporate fine art and university collections. His wealth of experience across the Fine Art industry has also seen him broke insurance for art and antique dealers, artists and artists' studios, musical instruments, art investment funds, contents of historical houses and classic cars.

Stephen Ongpin, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Stephen Ongpin has over thirty-five years of experience as a dealer in Old Master, 19th century and Modern drawings. He began his career at P. & D. Colnaghi, responsible for researching, writing and editing the gallery's annual catalogues of Master Drawings. Since 2006, Stephen has worked independently as a private dealer. In December 2007 he opened Stephen Ongpin Fine Art in St. James's in London, and fifteen years later moved to much larger premises in a townhouse in the heart of Mayfair, allowing the gallery to show a much wider range of drawings from its extensive stock. The gallery mounts annual exhibitions of Master Drawings in both London and New York, and regularly issue scholarly catalogues of drawings. In addition, the gallery participates in art fairs in London, Maastricht and Paris, and counts among its clients private collectors in the UK, Europe and the Americas, as well as over fifty international museums.

Tom Mendel, Trois Crayons

Tom Mendel read Theology and the History of Art at Clare College, Cambridge, before going on to run the Picture sales for an auction house in West London. Tom set up the Nonesuch Gallery in 2020 to provide high-quality, fully researched and above all interesting pictures to established collectors, institutional collections, and first-time buyers. The gallery specialises in works on paper from the 16th to 19th centuries; with a focus on landscape & topographical subjects, particularly those relating to 'The Grand Tour'.

Tom is one of the youngest members of the Society of London Art Dealers, and was recently featured in both the Antiques Trade Gazette and FRIEZE as part of features on a new generation of Old Master dealers.

About Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron:
Portraits to Dream In

Photographers Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron are two of the most influential women in the history of photography. They lived a century apart - Cameron working in the UK and Sri Lanka from the 1860s, and Woodman in America and Italy from the 1970s. Both women explored portraiture beyond its ability to record appearance - using their own creativity and imagination to suggest notions of beauty, symbolism, transformation and storytelling. Showcasing more than 160 rare vintage prints, Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In spans the career of both artists - and suggests new ways to look at their work, and the way photographic portraiture was created in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The exhibition runs 21 March - 16 June 2024 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Banner image: Gioacchino Altobelli (Italian, 1814-after 1878), Interior of the Colosseum, ca. 1868, albumen silver print from glass negative, 26.6 x 38.1 cm, mount 46.5 x 62.2 cm. McGuigan Collection.

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