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11. John Neagle, Portrait of William Scarlet, after treatment | by Shelburne Museum
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11. John Neagle, Portrait of William Scarlet, after treatment

The painting was surface cleaned and a discolored layer of natural resin varnish and wax was removed. Underlying thick discolored varnish layers, identified with Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy (FTIR) analysis as shellac, were removed or reduced from most areas of the painting. The varnish proved very difficult to safely remove from the sitter’s brown jacket and the artist’s signature, and was retained in these areas. Restoration overpaint that expanded far onto original paint layers was reduced or removed as possible. The painting was revarnished, and losses to paint layers were filled and inpainted.

 

John Neagle

Portrait of William Scarlet

1959-265.31; 27.1.1-126

Collection of Shelburne Museum

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Taken on April 22, 2011