The Cast Courts, Victoria and Albert Museum [architectural paint research]

Crick-Smith, Ian, Crick-Smith, Michael, Faulding, Rachel and Croft, Paul (2012) The Cast Courts, Victoria and Albert Museum [architectural paint research]. [Artefact]

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The Cast Courts, Victoria and Albert Museum: architectural paint Survey
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The Cast Courts were created between 1870-73 and designed by Major General Scott. An
account of the time records briefly the colours used and other details. There had been no
previous research of these significant and unique historic spaces. Crick Smith undertook the
investigation during 2010-2011. The processes involved uncovering of physical evidence on
site, the microscopic examination of removed paint cross-sections and the appraisal of
archival evidence and historic photographs.
The research was necessary to endorse the accuracy of the contemporary account and to
define the exact locations, applications and treatments of colour. Following microscopic
analysis areas of original stencil work and plain wall face colours were revealed and colour
correction undertaken. Numerical colour references by calibrated spectrophotometer were
provided with colour matched samples of the original finishes.
The research identified the nature, detail and condition of the overpainted original ornate
schemes within the Cast Court Galleries. This information was crucial in providing the client
team with firm evidence needed to make decisions on suitable decorative schemes for the
refurbished gallery spaces. This included assessments on whether elements of the original
decoration could be exposed, conserved or replicated in part to complement necessary new
As Crick Smith reports are written for a range of clients, information is deliberately presented
in a style that is easily accessible, technical terms are fully explained to enable understanding
by a non-specialist reader, as it is understood that not all members of the client team may be
experienced in understanding this type of investigation.

Additional Information:Client: The Victoria and Albert Museum
Keywords:historical buidings
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K250 Conservation of Buildings
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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ID Code:9642
Deposited On:29 May 2013 08:48

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