The Blue Boy Returns

Sep. 9, 2020

One of the most famous works at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, has been restored and reinstalled in the Thornton Portrait Gallery. This major conservation undertaking involved high-tech data gathering and analysis as well as more than 500 hours of expert conservation work to remove old overpaint and varnish, repair structural materials, and inpaint areas of loss.

 

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37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium
Sep. 11, 2020

The 37th Annual Succulent Plants Symposium was presented by Huntington staff via Zoom. During the program, four brief presentations by Gardens staff provided updates about the Desert Garden Collections, discussed recent construction in the garden, and took a look at ongoing efforts to document...

 
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Hdoc: Tigers in the Greenhouse
Sep. 4, 2020

In the summer of 1999, The Huntington was the focus of world-wide attention when it exhibited the first Amorphophallus titanum ever to bloom in California. That first bloom started our cultivation of this strange plant. We now have over forty mature "Corpse Flowers" and this is their...

 
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Curatorial Dialogues: Black Ship Scrolls and Mary Queen of Scots’ Prayer Book
Sep. 1, 2020

Two remarkable—and remarkably different—manuscripts from the Library's collections are the focus of this presentation and conversation with Li Wei Yang, Curator of Pacific Rim Collections, and Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History. Yang explores...

 

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