Conservation of 16th-century Watercolours by John White

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The Elizabethan artist John White made five voyages to the New World between 1584 and 1590 and was the first Englishman to record the flora, fauna and indiginous people of the continent we know today as America.

Seventy-five of White's beautiful watercolours were bound in an album that came close to destruction in a fire in 1865. Although damaged, the drawings survived and are now among the most iconic images in the British Museum's collection.

Judith Raynor, Senior Paper Conservator of Western Art on Paper at the British Museum, will describe the way the drawings were prepared for a recent exhibition, explaining how scientists and conservators examined them, and illustrating the conservation treatments carried out.

Booking information: please call 0870 050 3688 for tickets.

Venue details

Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, LONDON London W1U 3BN 020 7563 9500