Conserving Maclise's 'Waterloo' & 'Trafalgar': Phase 2

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09 October 2018

The second phase of the project to conserve the two large wall paintings in the Royal Gallery, House of Lords, is underway (until 19 October 2018).

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.

Beginning in 2012, detailed research and testing showed that the presentation of the wall paintings could be significantly improved through a combination of conservation treatment and specialist lighting.

A phased programme of conservation has been underway since December 2017. The aim is to enhance the colour and legibility of the paintings by removing surface dirt, reducing the existing coatings and replacing previous repairs

Plans are also being prepared for a new and sensitively designed lighting system that, in combination with the conservation treatment, will greatly enhance the appearance of the paintings.

The new video above is the second in a series that will chart the project as it progresses.

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