Painting Conservation Studio

Carol Willoughby

BA Hons., Dip. Cons., ACR

Carol trained as a paintings conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art after graduating with a BA in the History of Art at University College London. After a one year ICOM scholarship to study at the Louvre Museum, Paris she subsequently worked at the museum for a further eight years. Conservation projects include a six month restoration programme as part of a team treating Monet’s Waterlillies at the Orangerie, paintings for the Musee d’Orsay and 17th and 18th century French and Dutch Old Masters for the Grand Louvre project.

Carol works for institutions, fine art consultants and private clients and has undertaken projects for the Royal Collection Trust, Government Art Collection, Gurr Johns Ltd, the Merchant Taylors’ Hall and the Arts Council Collection She regularly carries out collection surveys in collaboration with a frame conservator and develops conservation programmes such as at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, where she has treated over 30 works ranging from 18th century Neapolitan canvasses to 16th and 17th century German and British School panels.

She works as a freelance exhibitions conservator, condition reporting for The National Gallery and carries out loan and pre-acquisition condition reports for a number of institutions and collectors. She has published on the methods and materials of Victorian artist G.F.Watts.