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In this episode, Conservator Hayley Tomlinson reveals why paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds need to be treated with extra care and explains how she has approached the varnish removal from his portrait, 'Captain Robert Orme'. 

About the painting 

The portrait shows Captain Robert Orme (1725–90) at the age of 31, during the war against the French for supremacy in the North American colonies. 

The poses of Orme and his horse are derived from a fresco by Jacopo Ligozzi in the church of Ognissanti in Florence, which Reynolds drew in 1752 in his Italian sketchbook.

Learn more about the painting.

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