The retouching of artworks has been an ongoing ethical debate for centuries. While in some cases old damages are left untouched, the repair of damages to an artwork often requires some retouching. At Legris Conservation only archival, fully reversible materials are used to retouch artworks. All materials have been extensively tested and are known as stable, this allows future conservators to easily remove any materials added. All application of retouching follows the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) ethical guidelines and can be distinguished by examination under UV light.

Before, During & After

Portrait of The Very Reverend
John Strutt Lauder
First Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa
client Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Archives

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