Wooded River Landscape with Peasants Resting and Church Tower, 1750
Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727–1788)
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Charter Collectors 2005.19.1
How much will it cost? $3,000
This lovely little picture suffers from poor color saturation. The varnish is aged and degraded, resulting in a surface haze that obscures the tiniest details. The varnish will be removed, and any areas of loss will be retouched as necessary. A full laboratory examination underneath the microscope is required, in order to determine the extent of the surface cleaning. The painting will then be resurfaced with a natural resin varnish to improve the appearance of color and depth.