Regilding the Painted Hall’s Compass

DBR Conservation

Christopher Wren’s King William Block and the Queen Mary Block in Greenwich are set back from the riverside, linked by colonnades and crowned with domed towers.

Each tower has a gilded “face”- Queen Mary’s for a clock to mark the hours, and King William’s for a compass with markers linked to a weather vane at the apex.

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In the autumn of 2016, DBR Conservation fully restored the King William compass face featured on the dome above the Painted Hall. The compass face’s crumbling surface was first stabilised, filled and sanded. The directional elements and compass hand were gilded in two layers of superior 24 carat gold. The background was then treated with a rich dark charcoal masonry paint.

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