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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 |
| Solvent tests |
| Removal of older varnish |
| During cleaning |
| The painting before retouching |
| Analysis of materials and techniques |
| Summary of findings |
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