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.
Portrait of William Scarlet
Collection of Shelburne Museum