Conservation/restoration of ‘The Man’ by Zoe Inman
Conservation/restoration of the oil painting ‘The Man’ by Zoe Inman, painted around 1890; size of painting without frame: H45.3cm x W35.1. The paint layer was unvarnished and grimy. One wedge was missing and they were not secured. Compact dust and debris were caught between the canvas and bottom stretcher member leading to bulges. There was a small tear with associated paint/ground losses. The paint layer was abraded and scratched.
The unvarnished paint layer and the back of the canvas and stretcher were surface cleaned. The canvas was tensioned and the wedges secured. The tear was mended and patched. A nascent cut was patched. The lacunae were filled. The fills, abrasions and scratches were retouched. A detailed treatment report with before, during and after treatment photographs was provided.