Last week I shared a document restoration. Continuing on the theme of image restoration (not just photos), I thought I would share this restoration of a watercolour painting with you.
The original image is dated 1856 and is believed to be a painting of an early dwelling in Gipps Street, Richmond.
I had hoped that the blue stain could easily be removed from the image by adjusting individual colour channels and masking. Unfortunately this didn’t achieve the results I wanted so frequency separation techniques were used to help isolate the colour and textural information making it easier to restore this section. There was quite a lot of work involved, removing spots, repairing creases and of course removing those stains.
The finished image was giclee printed on a textured fine art paper by Image Science, Melbourne.
Many thanks to the Chalmers and Reid families for allowing me to share this beautiful image which captures a little of Melbourne’s history.