This painting had craquelures and a major tear. Surface contaminates were severe and mainly from a wood or charcoal furnace. The tear was sutured from the reverse and in-filled on the front and then in-painted. New conservation linen was added to improve the foundational strength. Careful cleaning and consolidation to the surface was carried out. Conservation varnish supplied the finishing touch, along with an archival re-fit into the client’s period frame.
Judson Samuel Tunison (1868-1937) was active/lived in Illinois and Michigan, and was known for portrait painting, photography, teacher, and art restoration.
The frame is from the Newcomb-Macklin Company: a Chicago frame maker, nationally renown for hand-carved and gilded picture frames. They were in operation from 1883 to 1979.