203 Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 7AE


01423 886962





Each painting is an individual work requiring specialised care and consideration when cleaning and conserving. The studio was established in 1976 to clean and conserve paintings and paintwork in oil, tempera and acrylic, on canvas, panel and wood structures to the highest standards of conservation for private clients, historic houses, churches, museums and galleries.

With photographs and detailed reports prepared during the work, ensuring that ethical guidelines are recorded at every stage. X-ray, infrared, ultra-violet and chemical analyses are used to aid examination. However, there is generally no charge for initial examinations or quotations.

With full professional indemnity insurance, the practice covers the UK and Europe. Francis Downing also works as a forensic conservator and investigator for police, auctioneers and insurance companies. Over 40 years experience of art conservation, research and recovery.
Francis Downing is also a member of the Association of Security Consultants and the Association of Consulting Scientists.

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