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Sarah Cove

Sarah Cove ACR is an Accredited Paintings Conservator-Restorer, Technical Art Historian and Lecturer. As a conservator she specialises in British Art, primarily portraiture and 19th-20th century landscape, working for heritage and private clients. Her thesis on the Materials and Techniques of William Larkin, c.1610-19, portrait painter to the Jacobean court (Courtauld Institute, Conservation & Technology Dept., 1985), was ground-breaking in its technical and scientific approach to the study of portraiture and British painting generally. In 1986 she founded the Constable Research Project (CRP), initially sponsored by the V&A, the Courtauld Institute of Art and a private donor. She is now the recognised authority on John Constable’s oil painting materials and techniques. Sarah has published widely in the fields of Conservation and Constable scholarship, including major essays in Tate’s ‘Constable’ (1991) and ‘Constable: The Great Landscapes’ (2006) exhibition catalogues. She is a consultant to international museums and galleries, private collectors and salerooms and works in close collaboration with Constable scholar, Anne Lyles. Sarah has lectured for The Arts Society since 2003 and for public museums and galleries worldwide. She has made a number of TV appearances including two episodes of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ where she was insrumental in the discovery of three newly discovered works. For more information:

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