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Making a replica frame for 'The Scapegoat'

The original gilded frame belonging to the Lady Lever Art Gallery painting 'The Scapegoat' by William Holman Hunt was damaged and in need of extensive conservation treatment.

Before work started the frame conservation department manufactured a replica frame for the painting to hang in, so that it wouldn't have to come off display for too long.

Click on the thumbnail images below to see stages in the process of making the replica frame.

The original gilded frame belonging to 'The Scapegoat' Drawing showing the overall damage to the original gilded frame. With this the conservator can draw up a conservation treatment plan for the frame. Laying 23.5 carat loose gold leaf onto the replica frame. In-painting the inscription onto the replica frame. The lettering on the original gilt frame. The painting with the finished replica frame, on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Accession number LL 3623