Place Published: [Montreal]
Publisher: "Family Herald and Weekly Star"; printed by "Black and White".
Date Published: 
Binding: No binding
(32 x 21.25 - full colour) circa 1910.
Painted by Robert Gibb, R.S.A., and signed and dated (1886) in the plate by the artist. Issued and stated as "Supplement to the Montreal Family Herald and Weekly Star"; printed by "Black and White". Attached to the rear of the frame is a statement from the conservator engaged to restore this work: "When received the work was discoloured from exposure to light, water stained and badly torn with some areas of paper loss. The colours were tested and found to be stable in water. The work was washed in de-ionized water. After air drying it was de-acidified in magnesium bicarbonate and then spot bleached with 5% hydrogen peroxide in magnesium bicarbonate, then washed and again de-acidified, air dried and flattened between blotters under glass. The losses were filled with japanese paper and wheat starch paste and the surface damage inpainted with watercolour".
Considered poor condition however would be quite attractive framed with imperfections minimized in the framed setting.
Depicts the 42nd. Highland regiment (The Black Watch) as they advanced up the slope and the river at Alma during the memorable battle, 20 Oct. 1854, when the Russian forces under Menshikov were defeated by combined British, French & Turkish forces.
Alexander Kinglake on horseback, along with Lt. Col. Sir Duncan Cameron.
The work was previously restored by a conservator. According to conservation records treatment included washing, deacidification, bleaching, tear repair, compensation for loss, and inpainting. However, the repairs are clumsy and the inpainting is poorly matched in gloss. In addition, it appears that blisters in the paper support may have developed as a result of over-bleaching or deacidification
Robert Gibb RSA (28 October 1845 – 11 February 1932) was a Scottish painter who was Keeper of the National Gallery of Scotland from 1895 to 1907 and was Painter and Limner to the King from 1908 until his death. He built his reputation on romantic, historical and particularly military paintings but was also a significant portrait artist.
Poor. Item #3611