The (slightly delayed!) Object of the Month for September is a painting that has recently been conserved and we’re delighted to have it back on display in the MUSA Collections Centre! It is a portrait of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Menzies who was the wife of Allan Menzies, a Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism in St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews (1889-1916). It was painted by the artist Charles Sims (1873 – 1928). From the images below, you can see what the painting looked like before and after conservation.
This painting is particularly significant as it is one of few portraits of women within the art collection of the University of St Andrews. Mrs Menzies was also the granddaughter of the local hero, John Honey, a student who bravely rescued five seamen from their wrecked ship during a storm on the 3rd January 1800. His heroic achievement is celebrated in St Salvator’s Chapel where you can see the John Honey window. We thought that the historic significance and poor condition of this portrait made it a worthy candidate for conservation!
We would be delighted to hear your thoughts on the MUSA Collections Centre’s Object of the Month! If you would like to visit the MUSA Collections Centre, please contact Claire Robinson, Project Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01334 461699.