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The canvas is lined, the varnish is thick and discoloured. There are no new major damages visible to the naked eye bar some surface scuffs and scrapes. There is a degree of wear in some of the more thinly applied pigments in the upper half of the canvas, and some of the blue and green pigments of the figures' garments in the foreground have discoloured.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals a thick and very uneven varnish that fluoresces opaque - there are some retouchings visible, particularly in the lower third - there is an area of retouching in the blue between the two standing soldiers at the lower right, and a handful of other more minor retouchings scattered through some of the dark tones.
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