A couple posts back we introduced you to our painting on oyster shell (1974.10) of the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Boat Winona. Just last week the painting was returned and took its place again in the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station exhibit at the Cannonball House Lewes Maritime Museum. Yesterday our conservator Gene Boemer stopped by with his final report and digital photography documenting the process of restoring the shell.
The painting is signed by “S. Morse 1892.” Boemer’s research points to a Susan Mary Morse who was active at this time period and lived and traveled in the region. Other examples of her style suggest she could be the artist behind this work and her signature matches almost exactly. Not only was our piece professionally restored, the research on the piece (including information and photographs of Winona) truly make this piece even more special.
Enjoy the pictures below of the steps (and challenges) in bringing this unique artifact back to life!