Conservation of Gainsborough's 'Viscountess Folkestone'
Sudley House collection
Accession number WAG 229
The painting after conservation. Zoom into the detail of this painting
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.