• Drawing room exposure, showing areas previously relieved of paint in ca. 1932.

The project for the paint analysis of the interior of Homewood House, which is underway at present, posed an interesting challenge: all of the very complicated woodwork was subject to very complete paint removal during the first restoration in 1932. Earlier paint examinations had mistaken the ca. 1932 period finishes for the original finishes.

Finding good samples meant a very extensive search for minute fragments found in recesses and crevices of the carved woodwork.

In addition, the identification of pigments was critically important: the blue finishes were prepared with Prussian Blue, a very popular pigment in the ca. 1800, and subject to fading. Polarized light microscopy was very helpful in identifying Prussian Blue.