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Hamilton Smith Hall, University of New Hampshire

The John Canning & Co. fine-art conservation team stabilized and conserved two, wall-sized WPA murals at UNH. The murals suffered varying degrees of deterioration and loss due to moisture intrusion and plaster substrate destabilization over nearly 80 years.

Farming in New Hampshire, by artist George Lloyd
UNH Hamilton Smith Hall Mural
Hamilton Smith Hall Preservation Project
John Canning Hamilton Smith Hall Restoration
Hamilton Smith Hall
Hamilton Smith Hall

Farming in New Hampshire by George Lloyd and Industry in New Hampshire by Arthur Esner were painted in 1940 as part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA). Each mural was painted along the entire length of the north wall of each wing of Hamilton Smith Hall. Both murals are 8’ high by almost 40’ long with the bottom edge of each mural situated approximately 7’ above the floor.

The John Canning & Co. conservation and restoration of the murals, painted in egg tempera, was carried out after we completed the plaster stabilization procedure which included injection of adhesives and fasteners to reattach loose plaster sections, removal of powdery painted sections that could not be salvaged, and re-plastering of large areas of loss.


Mural Conservation & Restoration at Hamilton Smith Hall