Cranford, NJ

Gerald Foster
“Crossing of Crane’s Ford”
Oil on Canvas
5′ x 70′

The conservation of Gerald Foster’s epic mural, “The Battle of Cranford in the American Revolution” proved to be one of Parma’s greatest challenges, and ultimately, one of its great successes. Well meaning, but improper restoration attempts by artists in the 1960’s had greatly compromised the mural’s originality and state of preservation. Literally hundreds of holes and tears, and heavy grotesque overpaint blanketed this 70’ long mural. The corrective cleaning and conservation required 9 months to complete, but the result was well worth it.

Mural detail during and after conservation