A look at the process of art restoration including cleaning the paintings and gilding the frames.
L/S of art restorer, Mr J. W. Popple, looking at a hole in a large painting through a magnifying glass, two men are holding it at either side. Someone else is poking their fingers through the hole from the other side. M/S of Mr Popple and one of the men looking at the painting, C/U of the magnifying glass and the painting. L/S as he finishes looking at it and signals for the men to put it down, there are several other paintings in the background. M/S of Mr Popple using a cloth to clean a painting of two dogs. C/U as he holds up some cardboard and rubs down the side, he takes it away to show half the dog is clean and half still dirty. C/U of the dog's face as he rubs it, C/U of his hand as he dips the cotton wool in the water. C/U of dog's face, C/U of Mr Popple's face as he works.
L/S of a work room with three men stood at a table gilding picture frames. M/S of Harry Pritchard shaping the leaf with a gilder's tool. C/U of his hands as he works, C/U of the tool from another angle, C/U of his face. M/S of a square of gold leaf, a man turns it over with a knife and blows on it to straighten it out, he then cuts it in half. M/S as the man rubs the bristles of a camel hair brush against his cheek to charge it with static electricity. M/S as he uses it to pick up the leaf and put it on the frame. C/U as he uses another brush to smooth it down. M/S as more gilding is put on, C/U of the third man's face as he works.
M/S of Mr Popple cleaning pictures, he takes the cardboard away and the cleaning has revealed another painting of a woman underneath the original one. M/S of part of a painting showing a hand holding a book, M/S to show the face of the man in the painting, he has long white hair and a beard.