By Ray Edward Goodbred (1929-2011), 1985 | Oil on canvas
James Moultrie was born in Charleston and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1812. He returned to Charleston to practice medicine and became a member of the Medical Society of South Carolina in 1812; he went on to serve as president in 1820 and 1821.
Dr. Moultrie was a delegate from the Medical Society to the founding meeting of the American Medical Association in 1847 at which he was elected vice president. In 1850 he was elected president of the AMA.
Dr. Moultrie was active in medical education and professional medicine in South Carolina. He was a member of the faculty of the Medical College and served as the first president of the South Carolina Medical Association from 1848 to 1852.
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 repair and cleaning, filling and consolidation of gesso, removal of overpaint, and surface toning.
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.
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.
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.