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Blenheim Palace wallpaper restoration work begins

Wallpaper restoration Image copyright Blenheim Palace
Image caption It is the first time the wallpaper has been removed since the room was commissioned in 1826

A collection of antique wallpaper at Blenheim Palace is being restored for the first time in 189 years.

The delicate design bears hand-painted scenes by French manufacturer Joseph Dufour depicting a tiger hunt in India.

It is being removed and restored as part of a year-long, £50,000 project to restore the historic Oxfordshire home's Indian Room.

The 19 panels which make up the design were a rare example of Dufour paper left in situ, a palace spokesman said.

Many have been split up and sold as individual pieces, he said.

Image copyright Blenheim Palace
Image caption There are 19 complete panels of wallpaper, depicting a tiger hunt in India

A team of experts will re-line each section of the wallpaper and fill in damaged areas.

One of the first panels taken down revealed a carving in the stone wall from 1826.

The highly-decorated Indian Room was commissioned by the 5th Duke of Marlborough, George Spencer-Churchill.

Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock, is the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

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