Conserving an 18th-century portrait and waistcoat

Follow the conservation of two uniquely connected objects – a silk waistcoat worn by Bristol merchant Edward Curtis in the 1700s, together with a portrait of him wearing the exact same waistcoat – a rare double acquisition for the museum.

Watch as the yellow varnish on the surface of the portrait is gently removed to reveal how the colours of the oil painting match the finely woven silver threads of the waistcoat.

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