Conserving John Marshall’s Judicial Robes: A Conversation with Howard Sutcliffe

Reinstallation of restored John Marshall robe, RIchmond, Va., April 15, 2021.

May 5, 2021

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

What do Kermit the Frog and John Marshall’s Supreme Court robe have in common? Not much, except for the expert work of textile conservator, Howard Sutcliffe, who has preserved a range of priceless objects including the beloved Muppet and Marshall’s robe.

Over 300+ hours of work, Sutcliffe stabilized the silk and reversed some of the earlier “repairs.”

Join Preservation Virginia’s Director of Museum Operations, Jennifer Hurst-Wender and Curator of Collections, Lea Lane for an in-depth discussion with Howard Sutcliffe, Principal at River Region Costume and Textile Conservation on the preservation of John Marshall’s Supreme Court Robe.

$10/connection; free for PV members (email Jenna at for member sign up)

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