Half-way through cleaning Sykes’s Model Drawing

Half-way through cleaning Sykes’s Model Drawing

Between 2009 and 2010 the lunettes were cleaned and conserved. Because they were painted over a considerable period of time by several artists, some of whom were inexperienced students, they presented various challenges to the conservators.

Accumulations of surface dirt had obscured the real colours of the paintings, which have now been revealed.  The reinstallation of the lunette paintings has brought one of the Museum’s original decorative schemes back to life, and celebrates the period in which it was the centre of national art education.