Pencil portrait restoration

Rooster ink drawing before restoration

Ink and pencil drawings that have come through our studio include everything from antique sketches and maps to modern and contemporary art. Our ICON accredited paper conservator is on hand to restore many levels of damage, from visual disturbances through to completely torn and creased artworks.

Our ICON accredited paper conservator is able to professionally restore issues such as:

  • Mould growth and moisture disturbances
  • Foxing, staining and discolouration
  • Tears and creasing
  • Water damage
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Acidic mount and frame deterioration
  • Damages following a household disaster or accidents

Our team often steps in to ensure the preservation of drawings with historical, cultural and personal importance. 

Protective framing

To prevent fading or acidic damage to your ink or mixed media work on paper, our specialist technicians can provide conservation-appropriate framing solutions.

This includes the use of materials with low pH levels to eliminate the risk of severe yellowing discolouration and decay. 

UV protection

Ink is especially vulnerable to UV rays, with direct sunlight exposure leading to fading or colour distortion. 

UV protective glazing for new or existing frames is available to prevent drawings from deteriorating, this is always recommended for the ongoing safety of any artwork on paper. 

Rooster ink drawing after restoration

Beth UV glazing tip

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Before and after - slide to restore

torn photograph
Modern pastel portrait
Queen poster
Modern art poster
Antique map
Discoloured antique print
Torn discoloured watercolour

Although my print was badly degraded by the artist's use of double-sided tape and an acidic backing mount, it had great emotional significance for me. It felt like a risky leap of faith to send it as I had not used Fine Art Restoration Company before. It came back immaculate and transformed, returned to its original condition and with no discernable damage to the subtle graphite drawing. The company were reassuring and returned it with no hassle. Highly recommended.

We sent in a very mouldy print that came back probably in better condition than when it was bought! We were constantly updated as to the status of the restoration and the service was impeccable. We had previously sent in a small oil painting for cleaning that now hangs in pride of place. Both had sentimental value of familiar places. I can highly recommend the quality of the work and the fantastic customer service.

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