DR HELEN DRAPER MA CONS, PhD
painting conservation & restoration
LONDON & HAMPSHIRE 07730944763 / email@example.com
Ethical painting restoration & conservation for private clients & institutions
Conservation and restoration treatments which comply with museum standards of minimal intervention and maximum reversibility
cleaning traditional & modern paintings
repair of damage to canvas & solid supports, including lining
specialist retouching - imitative, tonal, tratteggio
photography & documentation
technical examination - microscopy, IR, UV, x-ray, cross-sections, paint sampling & analysis
framing & display advice
exhibition condition checks & reports
condition surveys & documentation
bespoke care management plans
framing, handling, environment, storage & transport advice
Conservation, art history, material studies
National Army Museum
Corporation of London
Guildhall Art Gallery
Donald Insall Associates - Mansion House Project
Charles Dickens Museum, London
River & Rowing Museum, Henley
Lord Barnard, Raby Castle
Private & commercial clients
art historical research, including provenance
technique, attribution & authenticity
avenues of further expertise & support
Westminster School: cleaned, conserved and retouched a 16th-century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I on panel - part of a planned programme of rolling conservation I devised after surveying the School’s collection of over 200 paintings.
National Army Museum: in 2008 I cleaned, conserved and retouched the iconic ‘saved for the nation’ Portrait of General Wolfe (1760) by J S C Schaak (fl.1760-70).
River and Rowing Museum: surface cleaned and consolidated an early Cubist-inspired collage of oil paint, string and sand on canvas, String Solo [c.1934?] by John Piper (1903-1992).
Raby Castle, co. Durham: full conservation, restoration and research (including attribution) of a previously unknown 1671 portrait of Lady Frances Vane by John Michael Wright (1617-1694).
Corporation of London, Mansion House: documented, conserved and restored 18 paintings from the Lord Mayor’s residence, including 8 treated in situ in the Egyptian Hall, accessed from scaffolding.
Guildhall Art Gallery: documented, conserved and restored The Relief of Gibraltar, 11 October 1782 by Richard Paton and Lord Rodney Breaking the French Line Off Dominica, 12 April 1782 by Robert Dodd (after Paton).
York Art Gallery: retouched The Honourable Lady Stanhope and the Countess of Effingham as Diana, and her companion (1765) by Francis Cotes.
Burghley House, Lincs.: part of a team who cleaned and retouched ceiling murals by Louis Laguerre (1663-1721) in the Bow Room.