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Technical examination

In the technical examination the paint surface of 'Man of War in a Harbour' and paint samples from key areas were examined under the microscope to find out more about the condition.

Under the microscope, it is evident that some of the paint layer has small wrinkles in it. This was probably caused during lining, when the paint layer would have been heated.

There are also several areas where grime, debris or gold paint has become embedded in the paint layer. This is especially evident along the left edge. This would have come from the frame being pressed too firmly into the paint layer. This has been painted over by a past conservator.

Follow the links below to find out more about some of the key findings from the technical examination of the painting.