A Restorer’s Legacy

August 29 2012, 3:11pm

Here is a look at a new acquisition with quite an interesting provenance.

This pair of panels is comprised of early-20th century miniature versions of two of the chinoiserie canvas panels which line the walls of the Banqueting Room at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton. The original panels were designed by Robert Jones and supplied to the Banqueting Room in circa 1817-1821:   Pained panel by Robert Jones in situ in the Banqueting Room at the Royal Pavilion. Pained panel by Robert Jones in situ in the Banqueting Room at the Royal Pavilion.                                                     The present panels were painted by the decorative artist Wilfred Frost. Frost was employed as a painter and restorer at The Pavilion from 1921, where he worked to fix the damage caused to the Pavilion by its use as a military hospital during World War I. He also copied the original lacquer doors from the Saloon at The Pavilion, now at Buckingham Palace, and his work was admired by Queen Mary. Frost’s father was also an artist employed at the Pavilion. Together they discovered the original Regency decorations through infra-red photography, which had been hidden by coats of paint in Victorian times. Upon his retirement in 1934, Frost painted these panels as a retirement project. A newspaper article from the Brighton Herald, circa 1934, depicts the artist “at work in his Ship-street studio while engaged on the series of reproductions.”

We are currently working to discover more about Wilfred Frost , an obviously talented restorer and painter, and we are excited to own an example of his work!