This portrait of George Rising is a characteristic of portraits painted in the nineteenth century. Artists often traveled extensively, gaining commissions and working quickly to finish portraits for their patrons. Many such paintings are unsigned and require scholarly research to identify the artist. When the painting came to ICA there were some structural problems--tears and canvas distortions. Our paintings conservators flattened and stabilized the surface, and removed surface grime and discolored varnish. After these steps were taken, a new stable varnish was applied before fills and inpainting were completed. Young George looks much more like the young, fresh-faced boy he was in 1870 when this portrait was painted.