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Charles II has a check up

posted 10 May 2010, 07:05 by David Rintoul   [ updated 10 May 2010, 07:41 ]

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

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.