Nostell Priory painting conservation 2014

Nostell Priory painting conservation 2014

In twenty fourteen we sent a handful of paintings
from Nostell Priory for conservation. Our House Team and specialist movers, Constantine,
take down, pack and transport the paintings to Gillian Walker’s studio. Gillian begins work by removing the paintings
from their frames. Lucy cleans between the canvas and the stretcher, vacuums the back of the canvas, and uses a smoke sponge to remove fine dust
and dirt. It’s important that the canvas is adequately
tensioned, so the stretcher keys are checked, then drilled and tied in place to ensure they
can’t move or fall out. A bump in the canvas has been cause by an
old repair on the back of the painting. The old fabric patch was stuck to the canvas
with animal glue. Lucy uses tweezers and a scalpel to remove
it. Then moisture, gentle heat and pressure is
used to flatten the canvas. Elsewhere the canvas is torn and fragments
of thread are missing, Lucy uses welding powder and heat to glue
in linen threads that she has cut to match the frayed weave. She smooths the repair with a heated spatula. Finally the back of the tear is covered with
a lightweight and flexible nylon patch, and it’s time for some more gentle ironing. With the back of the tear stabilised, Lucy
can complete the repair from the front. More welding powder is used to bond the canvas, and Champagne chalk filler is used to fill
the tear and other losses acrosses the canvas. Lucy uses a scalpel to texture the fillings,
so that the surface perfectly matches the brush strokes around her repairs. Years of dirt and layers of old varnish make
the paintings dull and yellowy brown. As Eeva cleans the portrait of Edward Henshaw,
at least three types of filler and much over-painting is revealed. Once cleaned a painting gets an isolating
layer of varnish brushed on before in-painting begins. Making a barrier between the original painting
and any new retouchings. Eeva in-paints large areas of losses across
the painting. While work is carried out on the paintings,
the frames also get some TLC. They are sent to Mike Howden, a specialist frame conservator he cleans them then uses watercolours to overpaint any chips
and losses to the carved frames. The cleaned frame is protected by an over
wash and the frame rebate lined with brown paper
tape. Back at Gillian’s studio felt tape and balsa
wood spacers are added to the frame ready to receive the canvas. Brass strips secure the painting and a protective
film is added to the back of the frame. Lucy wraps them using acid free tissue, ribbon
and plenty of bubble wrap for their safe return to Nostell. After nearly two months away, the paintings
return to Nostell Priory and are rehung in the Billiard Room ready
for you to come and admire them.


  • Vale L. says:

    The way a restorer move his hands is different, there is another attention, anothe kind of care… for the entire humanity I might say. You can see that if you pay attention to their hands and eyes at work
    #Restore   #MostBeautifulAndWorthlyJOB

  • Razster says:

    My cup of tea. I would enjoy nothing more than sitting there for hours making sure everything was perfect. Dream job.

  • sail2byzantium says:

    Cool! Love this kind of conservation stuff. Good that you showed the before and after of the portraits. But what of the landscape? Would have been very interested in seeing that. Otherwise, very nice.

  • Jenny Lopez says:

    Great video!

  • Elizabeth Stormborn says:

    That is sooo satisfying

  • Chris Del Rey says:

    Such fantastic work you do

  • Anezka Bos says:

    Looks like Brian May

  • Kyle Hill says:

    they really hung that crooked as hell

  • Adi Adrian says:

    Wtf, those girls seem so young

  • Aness says:

    I want to work with them. Amazing

  • aucourant says:

    This was a really beautiful conservation/restoration.

  • Vi Ma says:

    Good work, but not Baumgartner!

  • FoxBatinaHat says:

    At the museum I work. Almost all of the conservation team except for one individual is female. Paper, wood, textile, Stonework and Porcelain are woman. Only Animal-product conservationist is male. As I am learning more about conservation- I keep discovering this is an almost female dominated area currently. Especially paper, artwork, textiles. No idea why that trend exists. Research, Archeology and publication is much more male-staffed in my city's museums. But even the War-Museum's dress and ensign as well as war-art conservationist are women.

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  • Erin Meak says:

    That heated spatula is everything!!!!

  • rikikokikok says:

    love your detail (:

  • Northwest Aerial Photography says:

    The very first painting was damaged by the scaffolding. You can see it at 6 seconds in. Sad.

  • Tim Ballentine says:

    How much does it cost to restore a painting with only yellowing varnish,any idea?

  • Lazy Gardens says:

    Y'all would make wonderful surgeons.

  • Joey Suggs says:

    Interesting they kept the priory as part of the name, meaning that this was a property stolen from the Catholic Church then given to an aristocrat as payment for changing his religion. Many a conscience was bought to uphold the King's new religion.

  • Deipatrous says:

    Por-trayd or por-trit?

  • JustSimple A.H says:

    kinda like the dark look that the old varnish gives, makes it look dimensional and moody

  • Cess says:

    The guy in the painting looks like Brenden Fraser. 2:02

  • terrayjos says:

    So who is Edward Henshaw?


    Fantastic ! Your work is wonderful! It's just lovely to watch your
    videos. The art of restoration and conservation is a unique and divine talent, and
    I expect to watch many of your videos. It's simply adorable! Congratulations ! It
    is very beautiful to know that the preservation of art remains everywhere in
    the world. Here in my country I also do this type of work, and my vídeos are also available at may Chanel.
    Thank you !

  • It's from me says:

    3:47 3:52 2:31 0:35 0:47 1:35 1:53
    Royal Frame,
    Tyrian purpur color, red books, like Alexander von Humboldt ..cover as armor vest .. etc

  • Philip Meers says:

    I remember seeing the pre-restored paintings at Nostell Priory. An amazing transformation, particularly the second painting where all of that detail has been revealed.

  • egparis18 says:

    I can hardly hear the more or les mumbled commentary over the goddam music.

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