In 2016, the Roebling Museum presented an exhibit entitled, “Roebling Goes to the Fair,” an exhibit of seven long-lost paintings originally commissioned by the Roebling Company in 1939 for the NY World’s Fair. In the embedded clip above, Roebling Museum executive director Varissa McMickens Blair tells the history behind the museum’s exhibition of paintings.
In October 2017, NJ-based paintings conservator, Christyl Cusworth, took on the task, at the Roebling Museum’s request, of restoring one of the paintings from the series of seven paintings that were part of the 1939 exhibition at the fair. Despite time, age, and years out of public view, this painting of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge was in good condition, and ripe for restoration. With the conservator’s expertise, skill, and patience, and with the direct funding of several families who are supporters of the Roebling Museum, the painting today, looks much like it would have at the World’s Fair decades ago.
Hear Chris Cusworth and others discuss the painting’s restoration.
Our thanks to the Trenton Museum Society and the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie for the long-term loan of these paintings for display at the Roebling Museum. Special thanks to Chloe and Kenneth J. Ibach, Phyllis Ibach Hawkins, and Mary Ellen and David Eckman, whose generous donations made the restoration possible. The painting was conserved in memory of Eloise and Kenneth E. Ibach and Phyllis Ibach Hawkins.
Visit the Roebling Museum starting March 1, 2018 to view this beautifully restored work of art and industry for yourself. Call 609-499-7200 for tickets, group tour bookings, and membership information.