Our collection of paintings spans five centuries, from John Bettes’ A Man in a Black Cap 1545 to the work of artists practising today.
The materials and techniques used to make such a variety of paintings vary enormously. Oil paint, canvas, panel, hardboard, egg tempera, glue tempera, beeswax, natural resins, modern synthetic resins, house–paint, chocolate, gold leaf and water–colour all feature in the collection.
- Remove layers of dirt and discoloured varnish
- Undertake structural work to canvas or wooden panels that support the paint surface
- Provide technical examination and analysis to develop our understanding