Landscapes and Marines are our 'bread and butter' as they have been popular with collectors and home owners for centuries. Our work ranges from 17th century topographical landscapes by unknown itinerant painters to 20th century masters such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Patrick Heron. In the 19th century the availability of commercially-prepared painting materials led to a huge expansion in landscape painting among professionals and amateurs alike. Many of these works now need some TLC due to the natural ageing of the materials. Loss of perspective and effects of light are especially noticeable in Landscapes and Marines that have not been cleaned as discoloured varnish and accumulated dirt strongly mask the subtle hues that often make up much of the image.
We have treated 100s of landscapes over the years whether by famous painters or someone's Grandad. In addition to routine cleaning and structural repairs we have faced some unusual problems: a canvas bought on honeymoon in Marbella in the 60s and kept rolled ever since; a painted wall hanging wet and stained with mould in the hold of a ship in transit from Asia; an un-stretched indigenous 'Dreaming' dot painting on canvas from northern Australia going on permanent display in a museum; a souvenir of Vietnam bought by a son while back-packing and sent home squashed into a cardboard tube. Sarah's specialist knowledge of landscape painting techniques -notably Constable, the Newlyn and St Ives Schools and 20th century Masters- brings a unique context to the treatment of these works.
Artists include: John Armstrong, Atkinson Grimshaw, Alfred de Breanski, Henry Bright, J. Wilson Carmichael, James Chalon, John Constable, Corot & painters of the Barbizon School, Alan Davie, Marcel Dyf, Thomas Earl, Clifford Fishwick, Stanhope Forbes, Maud Forbes, Terry Frost, Thomas Gainsborough, Albert Goodwin, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Tinus de Jongh, Walter Langley, John Linnell and the Norwich School, L.S Lowry, George Manchester, Paul Nash, J. Noble Barlow, Sidney Nolan, Julius Olsson, John Anthony Park, Bryan Pearce, Michael Praed, Maurice Randall, Edward Seago, Dorothea Sharp, Marianne Stokes, Graham Sutherland, Julian Trevelyan, James Webb, Karl Weschke, John (Jack) West and Norman Wilkinson.