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Charles restoration continues

Restorers at work on the statue of Charles II have been investigating the sculpture  from the inside.

Jan 17, 2011

In October last year the lead statue of Charles II was removed from its plinth in Parliament Square and taken to the workshop of Hall Conservation in Rochester for restoration. The work is part of the Twelve Monuments Project, a joint initiative of Edinburgh World Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Conservators have now separated the figure from the horse to enable access to the interior of the statue.  The internal framework supporting the leadwork has to be removed to enable distortions to be corrected.

The supporting framework of the figure has been found to be a simple 'T' shaped metal construction. The structure supporting the horse is quite elaborate, and is made up of quite a collection of different materials; iron/mild steel, oak, stainless steel, bronze and polyurethane foam.

It is possible that the oak supports date from the 19th century restoration, and further investigation of the metal parts should help date those sections of the framework.

Restoration work will continue for the next few months, and it is expected that the statue will return to Edinburgh at the end of March.

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