Watch as Huntington’s ‘Blue Boy’ Is Spruced Up

For nearly a century, “The Blue Boy” has been a leading draw for the Huntington Library, and for much of the next 12 months, visitors can witness a large part of the artwork’s restoration.

Photo courtesy Huntington Library Paintings conservator Christine O’Connell shows two visitors part of the Huntington Library’s new exhibit which showcases the live restoration of the famed “Blue Boy” painting, shown in the background.
Photo courtesy Huntington Library
Paintings conservator Christine O’Connell shows two visitors part of the Huntington Library’s new exhibit which showcases the live restoration of the famed “Blue Boy” painting, shown in the background.

Project Blue Boy kicked off Saturday in the Thorn-ton Portrait Gallery, where a conservation studio was created alongside several pieces of didactic material that essentially make an exhibit out of the restoration process. There the venerable painting, the English artist Thomas Gainsborough’s signature work, recently awaited its audience, propped up on a large easel instead of hanging in its usual ornate centerpiece portrait on the western wall.
“Very few art institutions can be associated with one iconic work of art,” said Catherine Hess, the Huntington’s chief curator of European art, during a special preview of the exhibit. “This is a very important thing for us. This work of art has captivated generations and now will be able to do so for generations to come.” Continue reading “Watch as Huntington’s ‘Blue Boy’ Is Spruced Up”

Huntington Library Names New President

Karen Lawrence
Karen Lawrence

After more than a year of searching, the Huntington Library has selected its new president, naming academic Karen Lawrence as the new executive last week.
Lawrence will take the helm on Sept. 1 as the institution’s ninth president, replacing Laura Trombley, who resigned March 2017 after receiving a Twain Scholarship award and embarking on a book-length study. Lawrence, who has spent the past decade as president of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, will live at the Huntington Library. Continue reading “Huntington Library Names New President”

A Gala Time at Huntington Ball

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Enjoying last Saturday night’s Huntington Ball were (front row, from left) Paul Haaga, Laura Olhasso and Tyler Parker. Back: Heather Haaga, Bill Olhasso and Blythe Haaga Parker. The ball was held under the stars at the Huntington Library and celebrated the library’s unparalleled private collection of books, manuscripts and photographs.