Project Timeline

26 November 2010

The conservation team roll the canvas. The roll is made to exact specifications.  The diameter is wide enough to hold the painting and fit through doors without placing excessive stress on the paint layer.

08 November 2010

Deeply ingrained dirt and old repair patches are removed from the back of the canvas and the tacking margins are gently flattened in preparation for rolling the painting.  Using conservation adhesive a strip of strong material is temporarily attached to one end of the canvas. The painting can then be fastened with Velcro to a large roll which has been especially constructed for the project.

28 October 2010

The painting is positioned face down on a platform and removed from the stretcher.

14 October 2010

Solvent and heat testing undertaken to test the condition of the original paint layers. Facing tissue is applied across the whole surface of the painting. This protects the paint layer and holds it in place during structural repair and when rolling the canvas.

10 October 2010

10 October 2010

The first campaign of preliminary investigation; photographic team carried out ultraviolet and infrared examination of the painting.

07 October 2010

Dirt and dust are removed from the back of the painting. Tears and paint loss, along the outer margins of the painting, are consolidated. When the painting is removed from the stretcher and flattened the tacking margins will be under stress. Consolidation prevents any further damage at this stage.

05 October 2010

The painting is taken down by the art handling team and the condition of the back of the painting can be assessed for the first time in many years.