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Conserving Korean hanging scrolls

A project to conserve six Korean hanging scrolls all dating from the late Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) is being generously supported by the National Museum of Korea.

Last updated: 16 February 2023

About the project

The hanging scroll paintings are made by the well-known Joseon Dynasty court painter, Jo Seokjin (1853 – 1920), and also by celebrated literati painters Jeong Hak-gyo (1832 – 1914), Seo Byeongo (1862 – 1936) and Haegang Kim Gyujin (1868 – 1933). Created between 1909 and 1910, these scrolls provide an insight into the artistic styles and interests of the last years of the Joseon Dynasty.

The hanging scrolls are on loan to National Museums Scotland from George Watson's College in Edinburgh and when they are conserved, one from the group will be on display in the Exploring East Asia Gallery at National Museum of Scotland. Other outputs will be greater understanding of the artist’s work, digital content and a workshop for students from George Watson's College.

One of the painted hanging scrolls prior to undergoing conservation.

Project details

Project title

Short-term Support Program (Conservation) – Conserving Korean hanging scrolls

Project active

1 January 2023 – 31 August 2023

Research theme


Strategic priorities

Reaching out to people across Scotland and the world

National Museum Korea

George Watson's College

Lauren Barnes, Assistant Curator, Asia (National Museums Scotland)

Anna Trist, Paper Conservator

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