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Date completed : 18 December 2019 Duration : 6 Months
Rachel Howells

The project involved stabilising areas of flaking paint, removing surface dirt deposits, discoloured varnish and overpaint from the portrait, making a significant lift in tone and improvement in appearance.  Structurally the portrait was in fair condition.

The early eighteenth century frame was conserved by a frame conservation specialist, however the back of the frame needed significant modification in order to be able to re-fit the painting safely.  The painting was re-fitted to conservation standards.

Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller
Conservation of William Talbot by Sir Godfrey Kneller

William Talbot before treatment

Detail of face before treatment

Detail of face during varnish removal

Detail of face after treatment

Whole view after treatment

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