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The painting after conservation.
Accession number WAG 229
The recent conservation treatment of Gainsborough's 'Viscountess Folkestone' during the refurbishment of Sudley House provided an ideal opportunity to examine the materials and technique of this remarkable portrait.
As well as identifying pigments and paint medium our study has revealed a radical change to the composition, altering not only the position of the sitter but also the setting.
Follow the links below to see each stage of the conservation process and the discoveries that were made. You can also zoom into the detail of the conserved painting for a closer look.
History of the painting
Condition before treatment
Removal of upper varnish
Exposure of 1956 cleaning tests
Removal of older varnish
The painting before retouching
Analysis of materials and techniques
Summary of findings
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