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South Caroliniana Library Portrait Conservation Endowment

The Portrait Conservation Endowment was established in 2004 to provide support for the maintenance and conservation of the portrait collection at the South Caroliniana Library.

The Collection

The portrait collection includes works of art collected by the University since its founding in 1801, as well as many acquired through donation or purchase in more recent years. Continuing to grow and expand in importance, the collection currently consists of over 100 works in oil, pastel, and watercolor. Portraits in the collection depict the men and women who influenced politics, learning, religion, culture, and the economy of South Carolina from the 18th through the 20th century. Many of these portraits are connected to important family papers and archival collections held by the Library.

Portrait Conservation

The Library is committed to providing the conservation needed to ensure that the portraits are accessible now and in the future. Many of the portraits require stabilization and basic cleaning; others require canvas repair and frame preservation. The conservations undertaken by the Library have been successful and gratifying. In addition, all portraits that are on display are accompanied by information panels, and a museum-quality cataloged is being planned.

South Caroliniana Reading Room

South Caroliniana Reading Room

Mary Hart Brockinton and Peter Brockinton Bacot, by William Harrison Scarborough.
Photos courtesy of Catherine Rogers.

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Updated 9/12/2017