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By Nicola Costaras, Head Paintings ConservatorMengs’ copy of Raphael’s School of Athens was painted in 1755 as one of a series of exemplary works for the gallery at Northumberland House. It was damaged both by a fire there in 1868 and in the subsequent salvage operation.falseThere is minute blistering of the paint surface in places particularly the upper right area of the painting....