Martha Saunders Salisbury
(Mrs. Nicholas Salisbury), 1789
The warm white ground layer was evenly applied. Gullager initially painted in broad opaque areas and worked, in general, from dark to light. Much of the painting was done with a wet-on-wet technique, although the fine details and highlights were applied wet-on-dry and have hard edges.
Fading of the pigments has occurred throughout. There is a network of age cracks with slight cupping along many of the cracks, which have largely been inpainted. There is discolored overpaint on the kerchief above the proper right wrist and on its central fold.
According to a treatment report dated 1949, the painting was "superficially cleaned" and the varnish was "reformed" with a sprayed application of solvents. The painting was later coated with wax. The surface currently appears very dull and matte and the varnish is somewhat discolored.