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George Stubbs


β€œFiretail” with his trainer by the rubbing –down
Acc. No: 1607
oil on panel
830 x 1015 mm

Previous Condition:
The support of this painting is an exceptionally beautiful and thick oak panel. Cradling was applied to the rear of the painting in later years to provide the panel with additional support and to safeguard it against cracking. It is reasonable to presume that the picture would also have been cleaned at this time, and a new natural resin varnish applied.

The overall appearance of the painting appears to have developed a strong-yellow patina due to the subsequent discolouration of the varnish. This in turn affected the original colours of the work, where the blue sky took on a greenish cast.


Conservation Treatment:
The treatment of this work was relatively simple. Surface dirt and the discoloured varnish were removed safely and effectively following tests. An isolating brush varnish with non-yellowing properties was then applied. Small damages were retouched using reversible colours, and a final conservation varnish was applied overall.

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Click the image for a view of: Whole back (showing craddle), before treatment
Whole back (showing craddle), before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Detail of signature, before treatment
Detail of signature, before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Detail of Firetail, before treatment
Detail of Firetail, before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Detail of trainer, before treatment
Detail of trainer, before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Detail of the head of Firetail and trainer, before treatment
Detail of the head of Firetail and trainer, before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Detail of the shy (showing previous retoutchings), before treatment
Detail of the shy (showing previous retoutchings), before treatment
Click the image for a view of: Whole front, during cleaning
Whole front, during cleaning
Click the image for a view of: Detail of trainer, after cleaning
Detail of trainer, after cleaning
Click the image for a view of: Detail of Firetail's back and saddle, during cleaning
Detail of Firetail's back and saddle, during cleaning
Click the image for a view of: Detail of the shy, during cleaning
Detail of the shy, during cleaning
Posted: 2003/12/09 (08:00:00 PM)

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