Joseph Glover (1778-1840)

By Artist unknown, date unknown, | Oil on panel, 33 x 29

Joseph Glover was born in Colleton County in 1778. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1800, he returned to the Lowcountry where he practiced for the rest of his life. He was said to be the first physician in Charleston to specialize in surgery, eventually sub-specializing in eye surgery and lithotomy.

He served as Surgeon General of South Carolina in 1819 and 1824. An active member of the Medical Society of South Carolina, of which he served as president, he was instrumental in setting up the Shirras Dispensary in Charleston where he worked for many years. He was also involved in establishing the short-lived Botanic Garden which provided local physicians with medicinal plants.

Gift of Dr. Glover’s great-grandson, Mr. E.G. Hubster of Walterboro.

Conservation Needs:

Proposed treatment includes removing grime and discolored varnish, consolidating areas of lifting or fragile paint, filling losses (as needed), reducing canvas distortion, revarnishing surface, and proper reframing.

Frame requires extensive repair and cleaning, filling and consolidation of gesso, removal of overpaint, and surface toning.

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The goal for the project is $150,000 which will pay for all the work to conserve these visual treasures. The cost for each portrait’s conservation ranges from $1,200 to $15,000.

This cost includes the conservation/ treatment report, conservation of the canvas and frame, and any costs associated with the treatment such as curatorial research and documentation, photography, transportation, and insurance.

Donor Recognition

Donors who adopt a portrait will receive named recognition during the portraits absence in the form of a sign reading, “Portrait being conserved through the generous support of [your name].”

When the portrait is returned a celebratory reception will be held at which the donor will be honored for his or her support of the project. Finally, the finished portrait will be reinstalled in the Waring with a permanent sign reading, “This portrait was conserved in [year] by the generous support of [your name].”

As a thank you gift, donors will be offered a reproduction of their “adopted” portrait, printed on canvas and suitable for framing.

Project Kick-Off

In order to kick-start the project, the WLS sent the portrait of Alexander Baron off for conservation.

Dr. Baron was selected for two reasons: first, the sitter, Dr. Baron, was a founding member of the Medical Society of South Carolina, whose generous support of the Waring has enabled us to conserve and digitize numerous items from the collection.

Second, the artist of the portrait was Samuel B. Morse, whose portraiture career in Charleston included painting the city’s leaders.