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Constable painting of Waterloo Bridge ‘transformed’ by conservation work

National Trust puts artist’s largest work on display at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire after removal of yellowed varnish

Layers of yellowed varnish have been painstakingly removed from a John Constable painting of Waterloo Bridge to reveal new detail of the early 19th-century Thames skyline and a bright blue sky.

The painting – the largest created by Constable – had been dramatically transformed by the conservation treatment, said Sarah Maisey, a senior remedial conservator for paintings at the National Trust, which undertook the work.

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