Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation

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Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008

Buccleuch Monument

Edinburgh

Works:

This memorial is now regarded as hugely significant in art history terms because some of the most important Scottish names in Scottish sculpture and design worked on the statue and the bronze panels, including Sir Joseph Boehm, who designed the head of Queen Victorisa for coinage.

Conservation works to bronze statue, panels and figures. Application of pigmented and non pigmented wax to bronze areas. Cleaning of stone plinth using steam and manual techniques. Consolidation and lime repairs.

Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Scaffolding is erected to conduct works. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - One small female figure was identified as a recent replacement, the modelling and patina being quite different to the others. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Many of the stags had been re-secured using unsightly cement and resin. Stags had been re-secured using unsightly cement and resin Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - ‘Drip marks’ are visible from the ground. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Small areas of fine pitting to the Duke’s right shoulder Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - A build up of sulphation around fine tracery during works to remove it Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Selected areas of graffiti Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Selected areas of graffiti Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Stubborn chewing gum at lower steps Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Removing unsightly cement and resin fills around the base of the stags Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Removing unsightly cement and resin fills around the base of the stags Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Removing unsightly cement and resin fills around the base of the stags Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Cleaning with statue using warm water and surfactant Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Cleaning with statue using warm water and surfactant Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - The (comparative) ease with which the verdigris is brushed dry from the surface with brass brushes. The arrows highlight the loose powder collecting below the area being brushed. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - the (comparative) ease with which the verdigris is brushed dry from the surface with brass brushes. The arrows highlight the loose powder collecting below the area being brushed. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Applying the Vulpex solution using nylon brushes, and removing with dusters. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Applying the Vulpex solution using nylon brushes, and removing with dusters. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Applying the EDTA to the bronze surfaces. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - Applying the EDTA to the bronze surfaces. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - The face of the Duke before and after cleaning, initial painting and the first application of wax. The drip marks resembling tears have been reduced and the detail is instantly more readable. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - A lower bronze panel before and after cleaning and waxing. Immediately visible is a much greater clarity of detail. Buccleuch Monument, Edinburgh, 2008 - A lower bronze panel before and after cleaning and waxing. Immediately visible is a much greater clarity of detail.