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children's chapel mural, st james anglican church, King st sydney 


The historic Children's Chapel mural in St James Anglican Church, King St Sydney was painted in the 1920s by the Turramurra school of artists including Grace Cossington Smith and Roy de Maistre. ICS was engaged to undertake an extensive conservation treatment, which involved removing the mural from the walls of the crypt and ceiling and reapplying it onto a fibreglass support in order to halt deterioration and loss. This required the paint surface to be faced up and then cut away from its plaster support and reapplied onto fibreglass panels built to match the form of the chapel.


  • Removal of mural from walls and ceiling
  • Lining of mural with fibreglass support
  • Inpainting losses
  • Reapplication of fibreglass panels with mural to crypt walls and ceiling




Paintings Conservation  

Children's Chapel before treatment Before treatment

Children's Chapel before treatment (detail) Before treatment (detail)
 Children's Chapel during treatmentDuring treatment 

Children's Chapel after treatmentAfter treatment