Technique and condition

The work is on 2mm thick millboard; the strongest milling pattern is horizontal. This is now set into a mahogany tray, which is probably nineteenth century in date but certainly not original.

This village view was painted over a light coloured ground in oil paint. The addition of other mediums or varnish is likely, given what we know of Callcott's technique, but in this case no analysis was done.

On the whole the condition of this work is good. The mahogany tray gives good protection to the brittle millboard support, the paint is sound and there are very few minor paint losses at the edges of the painting. On acquisition a discoloured varnish was removed, the minor losses touched out, and a coat of varnish applied.

Anna Southall
1995