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Charles II has a check up

A specialist lead conservator has performed an endoscopic survey, on the Charles II statue.

Apr 28, 2010

The statue is the oldest in Edinburgh, dating to 1685, and many now believe it to be the work of the famous sculptor Grinling Gibbons.

The survey was needed to assess water penetration and retention within the statue, to investigate whether parts of the interior are filled or void, and to reveal the design and positioning of the supporting structure and its condition.

As the statue is made of lead, it needs an internal framework to help keep it in position. As this is largely made of wood and mild steel, it has inevitably deteriorated over time, causing stress on the statue itself.

An analysis of the endoscope images showed that the supporting framework is fairly basic and probably inadequate. It revealed that water had entered the statue, but also that several previous repairs are now failing and are likely to cause additional pressure on the figure itself.

Fundraising for the restoration of the statue continues, and it is hoped to start work over the summer.

Help support the Charles II statue restoration

If you would like to support the restoration of Edinburgh’s oldest statue, please make your cheque payable to Edinburgh World Heritage, and send it to EWH, 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH7 5JX.

EWH is a registered Scottish Charity (SC037183). Further information and a gift aid form is available from info@ewht.org.uk or by phoning 0131 220 7720.

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