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Date completed : 4 July 2016 Duration : 1 Month
Karen Dundas

Much of the overpaint was fairly loosely bound, therefore it was possible to reveal the wallpainting mechanically using a scalpel blade.

The paint surface was then spot cleaned where required, and small holes and cracks were filled.

Only one wall of the scheme had survived under later overpaint layers, and large sections of the decoration on this wall had been entirely lost. Through a combination of archival research and working out the design from what survived, there was sufficient information to effectively reconstruct losses to reintegrate the decoration.

Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme
Lews Castle, Morning Room (Stornoway, Outer Hebrides) – revealing, conserving and restoring Victorian murals scheme

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