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Solvent tests on the older varnish

extreme close up of painted surface, showing brushstrokes and cracks in the surface

Detail of curtain

Further solvent tests were made on the older varnish and the paint surface beneath was found to be in extremely good condition, although very thin and sketchy in areas - so thin that it may have been mistaken for cleaning damage in the 1950s examination, although it is absolutely typical of Gainsborough’s technique in the 1770s.