Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Art Conservation, M.A., C.A.S.


Art Conservation Department


Fiona Beckett

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First Reader

Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Second Reader

Dr. Aaron Shugar

Third Reader

Dr. Rebecca Ploeger


A potential 17th century Anglo-Dutch military portrait painting from the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York arrived at the Garman Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State University for conservation research and treatment in 2022. The painting’s title, date, and artist were unknown and the subject was initially referred to as a “17th Century Dutch Cavalier.” Little information existed on the provenance and history of the artwork. The painting was in a state of structural instability and aesthetic disfigurement and showed evidence of a past restoration campaign. This master’s project attempted to broadly contextualize the painting and interpret where it might fit into the body of 17th century Dutch and Anglo-Dutch portraiture. Technical analysis was completed in conjunction with a full conservation treatment which improved the overall structural integrity and visual appearance of the artwork.