Painted by Daniel Maclise, ‘The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo’ (1861) and ‘The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar’ (1865) have a long history of restoration, and have remains of unsuitable surface coatings, water staining, paint abrasion and poor quality retouching.
Research and testing indicates that the presentation of the wall paintings can be significantly improved through a combination of conservation treatment and sensitively designed specialist lighting.
Following a successful pilot in December 2017, the current phase involves surface dirt removal and some heat treatment to reconstitute existing wax coatings. The results will determine the strategy over the remaining 2-3 years of the phased conservation and relighting programme.
The above video is the first of a series that will chart the project as it progresses.
Follow the project at www.parliament.uk/art-maclise