Photo by Robert Clark

Routine cleaning

and what it can reveal

This early 19th century portrait, "Mr. Nicholas Salisbury, a Liverpool Merchant" by J. Allen, was brought in for what appeared to be a straightforward cleaning and varnishing. But the work led to the removal of copious overpaint added during a previous restoration – and a surprise. 

(Read a possible explanation for what might have happened.)


This copy of John George Brown's 1882 "Blowing Bubbles" by G. Victcosky was thought to be a total loss but was made whole again by the full structural treatment of the lining process.

Another structural treatment

Craquelure, the lifting and cupping of the paint layer, was removed using the Dutch Method.

"Reclining Nude," unsigned oil on canvas

Reversing prior work

Oxidized varnish and overpaint were removed on this 19th century painting.

Detail of William Garl Browne
(1823-1894). "Self Portrait as Child"

Dealing with tears and discoloration

"The William B. Wood Ship," William P. Stubbs. oil on canvas, 1881

Pulping and filling loss in paper

Pulp was created to match the existing paper color on this 1761 map of North America.

New Map of North America 1761

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