Watercolour restoration

This watercolour by Swanage artist Lar Smits came into the workshop in a sorry state. It had unfortunately been affected by condensation leading to the growth of black mould. What was visible on the surface of the picture was just the tip of the iceberg. Between the picture and the backing board was a mess.

After disassembly the picture went off to restorer Richard who put it through a long process of repeated soaking and drying to remove the mould, followed by some retouching of the painting.

When it came back I added a new mount, a new backing board, gave the frame a thorough clean, re-applied liming wax and re-assembled.

The result – good as new!