Moira McCarthy is a picture conservator with over 30 years experience of working on oil paintings from the 13th to the 20th Century.

She works from a fully equipped studio in Gloucestershire with good access to the Midlands and the South East.

Moira trained as a traditional apprentice in the 1970s and continued her career development at Sothebys in London. She worked on Post Impressionist paintings and Old Masters under the supervision of Ronald Earle, the Head of Conservation who trained at the Tate gallery.

In the years to follow she set up a Conservation Studio for Garig Basmadjian the Russian Expert in Paris, developing new techniques in the conservation of Russian works of art and supervising and training junior staff members.

Returning to this country, she set up her own private practice in Oxfordshire.

She was awarded the first Advanced Internship from the Museums and Galleries Commission in the late eighties where she continued her professional development with postgraduate research into the consolidation of paintings at the Courtauld Institute, London, the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge and London.

Clients and Collections
Moira McCarthy has a very wide repertoire of work that she has conserved. She specialises in 20th Century oil paintings but has also worked on collections of sporting paintings, marine paintings, Oxford College Collections and The Forbes Collection. Paintings that she has restored can be seen in the Collections of the Imperial War Museum, The National Galleries of Ireland and Scotland, the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow and the Queen’s collection.

Moira worked for many years for the Fine Art Society in London as well as other Bond St Galleries. In recent years she has concentrated on paintings in the Oxfordshire/ Gloucestershire area working for Broughton Castle, the Ditchley Foundation etc.

Examples of artists worked on
Picasso, Monet, Vlaminck, Utrillo, Boudin, Gericault, De Chirico, Pissaro, Glasgow Boys, Bloomsbury Group, Camden Town Group.