Continued with overpaint/varnish removal throughout top half of painting as well as consolidation of flaking/insecure paint (Pictured here: Maggie Bearden.
This area suffered from significant degrees of blanching in the varnish and darkened overpaint. During varnish removal, many of the original details were successfully recovered, including the braid that was obscured beneath the degraded varnish and the delicate details throughout the face.
Most of the losses in the paint/ground layers were located along the far left and right edges of the composition. Losses throughout the torso of the standing soldier were found to be particularly extensive as old horizontal tears in this area were not properly mended or filled during a previous restoration campaign. The team carefully removed unstable fills and old fills that were covering original paint, replacing them with a stable, inert fill material.