• Short Summary

    Paintings are cleaned and restored in the Conservation Department of the the National Gallery.

  • Description

    London.

    C/Us of detail of a painting, 'The Raising of Lazarus' by Sebastiano; L/S of people looking at the painting in the National Gallery.

    Various shots in the Conservation Department show Chief Restorer Arthur Lucas examining a painting by Turner through a binocular-microscope. Other workers in the department are seen restoring paintings; cleaning them with special fluid; melting gelatin onto the surface of cracked paintings; retouching eroded spots and filling cracks with putty. Most of the workers wear magnifying glasses.

    Arthur Lucas studies two transparencies on a light-box that show the painting 'Bacchus and Ariadne' by Titian before and after cleaning. Several shots then show him prising a canvas lining from a painting, then chipping glue from the back of the painting.

    Note: there is correspondence on file plus two news cuttings about Mr Lucas; it apparently took 16 years to restore 'The Raising of Lazarus'. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    433.17
    Media URN:
    4397
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1968
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:02:00 / 01:57:20:00
    Canister:
    CP 685

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