The Display of John Frost's Gravestone
In 2020, John Frost’s gravestone was donated to Newport Museum and Art Gallery. The gravestone was in very poor condition and needed to be conserved before it could be put on public display. With funding from the Friends of Newport Museum and Art Gallery the gravestone was cleaned and stabilised ready for exhibition.
John Frost was buried with his son Henry Hunt Frost and wife Mary at Horfield Church in Bristol. Historian, Richard Frame initially struggled to find the gravestone, as so much of the inscription had flaked off. What was surviving was barely legible. To interpret the gravestone, the missing words needed to be filled in. With no record of the complete gravestone, Newport Museum consulted gravestone expert, Andrew Pike to advise on the original wording. Reconstruction artist, Anne Leaver was then commissioned to draw the gravestone with the probable wording ghosted in to help interpretation.
The next major challenge was to safely mount the gravestone, which was very heavy. A reinforced stud wall was constructed, and a bespoke metal bracket was made to hold the gravestone securely in place. The display was finished with a perspex screen to prevent inquisitive fingers touching the fragile inscription.
Representing the Rising : Chartism and Art in Newport
David Osmond and Ray Stroud
This is a full colour catalogue of an exhibition curated by FoNMAG members Ray Stroud and David Osmond in partnership with Newport Museum and Art Gallery. Representing the Rising depicts Newport’s 1839 Chartist Uprising as captured by artists past and present, exploring the contemporary scene, portraiture and commemoration, pulling together work from the Museum’s impressive Chartist art collection alongside significant loans and reproductions. It can be read and enjoyed in its own right, even if you haven't seen the exhibition itself.
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