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Blenheim Palace wallpaper restoration work begins

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image captionIt 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.

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image captionThere 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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