Memorial to W Osbern

Wall memorial to William Osbern; 1628; alabaster, black ‘marble’, polishable limestone etc.; engraved gilded inscription tablet, columns, coat of arms

The memorial was heavily soiled. Several conservation cleaning techniques were used to remove a thick layer of soiling from the surface. Different materials (marble, alabaster, polishable limestone etc.) required different techniques that were appropriate to that particular stone. A stubborn black layer of soiling was carefully removed with the use of a laser system. Original surviving polychromy was preserved/consolidated, cleaned and where required, it was sensitively in-painted. Lettering was re-gilded and artificially aged to make it blend in with the overall appearance of this splendid memorial.


All Souls College, Oxford

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