Caring for Killerton

Portrait waiting for conservation.

With the house closed until February, now is an excellent time to get lots of conservation jobs done.

Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (10th Baronet) by William Owen

With the roof project finished and the scaffolding gone from inside the house, it means that paintings are being re-hung.

Before they were, the conservation team decided to call Angela Geary, a fine art restoration specialist, back in to carry out essential conservation on the portrait of Sir Thomas. Angela had noticed on previous inspections that the paint was starting to crack and lift in a couple of patches so came it to fix those problem areas.

She began by placing a special adhesive onto the canvas to stick the cracked paint back down. This was then covered to prevent dust or other particles sticking to it and used heat and pressure to help it adhere to the canvas.

Sticking the paint down.
Portrait being restored.

Once this is completely dry Angela uses specially prepared paints to touch up the spots where the paint had lifted.

Touching up the cracked paint.
Conservator working on the portrait.

Anglea then gave Sir Thomas a clean. She was surprised by how much dust had collected on the frame since she last cleaned the portrait at the being of 2017.

A lot of dust.
Getting the dust off the portrait.

She thinks this accumilation of dust may be due to the portraits placement last year, as the portrait has been in the study at Killerton at a much lower level then it usually is when hung up the stairs.

Elsewhere in the house

There are plenty of other conservation jobs that need doing including waxing the floor, cleaning fireplaces and hoovering everywhere, and we mean everywhere.

Getting all those hard to reach spots.
Hoovering around the house

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