Date completed : 6 April 2018 Duration : 3 Months
Alexandra Kosinova

I was part of a team lead by architect Richard Ireland. My role was to uncover overpainted areas of the woodwork, which forms an elaborate frame to paintings by Rubens. Shown below is an area of decoration designed by Sir John Soane after uncovering and several details showing coloured glazes over original oil gilding. I removed several layers of lead-based and modern paint using only mechanical means. The overall uncovered area measures 38 x 175 cm.

Investigation and uncovering of painted coffer ceiling decoration by Sir John Soane, 1820s, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.
Investigation and uncovering of painted coffer ceiling decoration by Sir John Soane, 1820s, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.
Investigation and uncovering of painted coffer ceiling decoration by Sir John Soane, 1820s, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.
Investigation and uncovering of painted coffer ceiling decoration by Sir John Soane, 1820s, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.
Investigation and uncovering of painted coffer ceiling decoration by Sir John Soane, 1820s, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.
Investigation and uncovering of painted coffer ceiling decoration by Sir John Soane, 1820s, the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London.

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