Heaven, detail of angels' hair

Lincrusta-Walton relief elements

In 1903, Sargent began experimenting with applying Lincrusta-Walton as a low-relief material to his murals. Lincrusta-Walton is a commercial wall-covering material composed of drying oils, wood flour, filler, and pigment. When gilded, its corrugated texture shimmers; Sargent applied it to highlight specific areas of the murals. He chose Lincrusta-Walton as the predominant relief material in the lunette panels on the east and west walls in 1916.
Heaven, detail of angels’ hair showing
the use of gilded and painted Lincrusta-Walton
(1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion