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April First Friday Social

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April 6, 2018 @ 6:00pm
April  First Friday Social



Time vs Art

Restoring the Toll of Centuries



Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on April 6th, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm, for a case study on conserving historic works of painted art.  As time marches on, in its shadow follows the unrelenting yet patently invisible process of gradual and inevitable deterioration.

Anthony Moore (left) and Jeremy Fogg examine a painting

The subject of our program involves one of the oldest oil-on-canvas paintings in the museum's collection; a cherished portrait of Newburyport’s renowned Revolutionary War Privateer Capt. Moses Brown. It was painted by Flemish artist Charles Delin, circa 1800, most likely while Captain Brown was in the port city of Antwerp, in command of the U.S. Navy Sloop-of-War Merrimack, during the Quasi-war with France.

We welcome Conservator Jeremy Fogg of Anthony Moore Painting Conservation, in York, Maine, who will explain the conservation process that began last November, in assessing, prescribing and executing the appropriate treatment options through which this gracious, fragile and aging portrait of a genuine American maritime hero was brilliantly restored.

Mr. Fogg and Anthony Moore Painting Conservation have worked closely with the museum in ongoing conservation and restorative care of its painting collection since the summer of 2013, with this Nicholas Joseph Delin painting the fourth project they have completed.  We are greatly indebted to the generosity of the Jeanette Isabella Conservation Fund for underwriting the preservation of this prized work.

Captain Moses Brown - Before and After

We encourage all our members to bring a guest to this event to introduce them to the Custom House Maritime Museum and our casual evening of conversation, company and maritime discovery in the heart of downtown Newburyport.

For your refreshment, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served – along with thematic hors d’oeuvres from Sheila Mullins' extraordinary Spice Trade Culinary Adventure -- this month featuring cuisine from an ancient Mediterranean port, the repository of centuries of important art and architecture near the base of Mount Vesuvius -- Naples!

Newburyport Brewing - Official Beer of the Custom House Maritime MuseumCome and enjoy a variety of wines generously provided by New England Wine and Spirits -- along with fine craft beers from Newburyport Brewery -- the official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum!v

Please, remember to bring your membership card with you!

Whether you are a new, recent or longtime area resident, if you'd like to learn more about the Custom House Maritime Museum and experience a Newburyport Maritime Society First Friday Social -- please contact the Executive Director in advance at 978-462-8681 or


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