Sixteen Panel Paintings from Audley End, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex: Dendrochronological Analysis of Oak Boards

Author(s): Ian Tyers

A tree-ring assessment, measurement, and analysis programme was commissioned on 16 panel paintings normally located at Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex. These panels were mostly portraits of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century sitters, which in total comprised 39 oak boards. Direct tree-ring measurement was undertaken on 37 of these boards whilst the panels were undergoing conservation treatment between 2010 and 2014. The results dated 29 of these boards and identified that all but one of the dated boards were derived from timbers imported from the eastern Baltic. The timbers provide likely usage dates for these panels mostly supporting previous attributions.

Report Number:
Research Report
Dendrochronology Panel Painting


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