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Italian Landscape

William Leighton Leitch

Italian Landscape, 19th Century

Ink and Wash on Paper



Leitch was a prominent 19th century Scottish landscape painter. He worked primarily in watercolor and oils, employing a charming quick, light technique. Leitch was appointed the royal Drawing Master, teaching Queen Victoria and other members of the royal family how to paint in watercolor. 

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The paper was once attached to a mount, or several previous mounts, and all were removed aggressively, resulting in skinning and paper loss on the back. The tan paper is discolored. There is a tear in the bottom right corner and some abrasion to ink on the front bottom edge.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Reduce adhesive.
  • Mend/reinforce with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste.
  • Minimally inpaint small ink losses with watercolor or another suitable media to blend them into the image.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field. 

Estimated Cost of Treatment: $700.00