Recently brought to us for restoration and cleaning and showing signs of secondary deterioration with areas of flaking paint.
This accomplished painting of Brayford Pool in Lincoln was painted by William Henry Mander and is dated 1904.
At this time Mander had moved to live and paint landscapes in and around the city, having been influenced in his earlier years by the work of the renowned landscape artist Benjamin Williams Leader. The Brayford painting is a good example of the skill of Mander and captures the atmosphere of this busy inland working port.
When the picture was brought to us for restoration the canvas was loose on its stretcher through wear around the edges and so it was firstly relined with a good quality canvas.
When this work had been completed it was possible to repair and restore areas of flaking paint caused by the unstable canvas and also clean away a residue of aged and yellow varnish as well as remove earlier over painting.
As this work was completed the old oil paint was enriched to enrich its colour and then the canvas was given four layers of restorative varnish.
Once reframed the finished painting again presented a skilled and beautiful study of the well known view of Lincoln looking across Brayford Pool.