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The 'Sword of Damocles' conservation treatment project.

In 2012, I was the fortunate recipient of a Nehru India Travel Award which allowed me to take part in the exciting conservation project of restoring Antoine Dubost's 'Sword of Damolces' at the CSVMS Museum, Mumbai. The project involved assisting in the second stage the Dubost project which has been an on-going collaboration between the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the CSMVS in Mumbai since July 2011. This second stage focused on the structural conservation of the painting - a nineteenth century oil on canvas painted by the French academic painter Antoine Dubost in 1804.

The 'Sword of Damocles' conservation treatment project.

The Nehru travel award was for a placement on a paintings conservation project at the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSVMS) Museum in Mumbai, India.

During the placement I treated an oil painting on canvas titled The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost. I participated in this treatment with my classmate Pearl O'Sullivan, two Courtauld Institute of Art graduates Harriet Pearson and Mark Coombs, and under the supervision of senior conservator Anupam Sah and Professor Aviva Burnstock.