Traditional Paints & Methods

17th Century Wall Painting

Recreation of a 17th century wall painting in a timber frame house

A fragment of an original wallpainting was uncovered above the door when this room was being redecorated. This showed part of two repeats. There were also some other remaining fragments which allowed us to reconstruct the complete design across the wall.

The reconstruction was carried out using pigments, paints and techniques which could have been used in the original wallpainting. Parts of the wall where covered with canvas as the original had been painted on canvas, small fragments of which remained

The close up detailed picture shows the remaining part of the original painting from 1620, the left hand side of the blue repeat and the complete red repeat along with the top border above it. On the right hand side one can see the recreated portion of the blue repeat.