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So my family has been doing the right thing over the last 4 decades of simply lightly dusting them and trying to keep them out of direct sunlight?

I live very near a freeway and I'm concerned there is now a layer of freeway exhaust over them which saddens me because they are truly fine potraits of the era.

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I have 2 old portraits from probably the early to mid 1800's. They are in desperate need of restoration but I'm wondering what I can do to clean them and keep them from deteriorating further until I can afford to get them restored professionally?

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Dear Debbie, Anything you do could permanently damage your paintings.

Dear Debbie, You should find the painting conservators in your area. Inquire with a curator of paintings at a museum (they often recommend the most expensive)or with a dealer or gallery that sells older paintings. If your portraits need cleaning only it may not be very expensive.

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Daniel A. Hynes


Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.


35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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