Conservation completed in the Moses Room
Conservation has recently been completed in the Moses Room in the House of Lords. A large painting, The Judgement of Daniel by John Rogers Herbert, received specialist care during Conference Recess.
Our team of conservators worked closely with colleagues in the In-House Services and Estates team to access and treat this large artwork, which is an oil on canvas painting set into the wooden panelled wall. Building a scaffold in the Moses Room allowed our specialist conservators to access the whole painting.
The upper corner and edges of the artwork had weakened due to the weight of the canvas. Remedial conservation was carried out to secure the areas. Some small areas of lifting paint were carefully re-adhered to the canvas. The surface was also delicately cleaned using de-ionised water and cotton swabs to remove dust and dirt on the panting’s surface, which had created a grey veil effect over the colourful scene. This greatly
The artwork depicts a biblical scene from the Book of Daniel. This painting was commissioned for the new Palace in 1850 and painted in 1880 by John Rogers Herbert.
This conservation project protects the painting until the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster. At that time the painting will be re-stretched and lined to further support this large and significant work of art.
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