Conservation

Colour and pigment

The most startling feature of the 1848 discovery of the hundreds of sculptural fragments concealed behind walls in the church was their colour. There was a resurgence of interest in archaeology at this time and antiquarian George Weare Braikenridge (1775-1856) commissioned artist William Walter Wheatley to depict the bright paintwork of the discovery for his… Continue reading Colour and pigment

Conservation

Treasuring the treasures: preservation through packing

When the Victorian renovators uncovered the reredos and sculptures behind the plaster in 1848, there was much excitement about these artefacts, which according to Diocesan Architect Benjamin Ferrey, ‘were of great beauty, and the colouring and gilding were as fresh and bright as though only recently executed’ (Ferry, 1851). Simultaneously, however, there was an immediate… Continue reading Treasuring the treasures: preservation through packing