Restoration of Albertus Van Raalte

For the City of Holland’s sesquicentennial celebration, a portrait of city founder Albertus Van Raalte, from the Holland Museum, needed restoration. From the late 19th Century, the painting was in pretty rough shape; it was dry and dirty, with numerous dents and some holes.

Using the Dutch Method (appropriately!), the painting was removed from its stretcher and flattened in preparation for attachment to new linen. A new reproduction of a 19th Century American Colonial frame was built for the cleaned and restored portrait, which shows Albertus in fine fettle once again.

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