Restoration of Gerald Cassidy painting

We were gratified to save this painting by Gerald (Ira Diamond) Cassidy, an artist of the American Southwest. The painting had been neglected in a shack and had several holes in it; the linen was dry and brittle; years of contaminants layered the surface.

To restore it, we humidified the linen, which had shrunk, and stretched it using the Dutch Method. We used archival adhesives to re-line the painting with new linen, carefully working on the tears from behind. Next we removed surface contaminants, re-stretched the painting onto re-conditioned stretcher bars, and, finally, re-varnished and in-painted where necessary.

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