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There is a well known portrait of William Shakespeare called the Chandos because it was owned at one time by the Duke of Chandos. It is available in a large size at the Wikipedia’s article about Shakespeare. I have seen this portrait several times in the past and was always annoyed by the crazed quality of face. Today I eased my annoyance somewhat by spending several hours cleaning up the paint crazing, canvas weave lines and other surface artifacts. From normal viewing distance there shouldn’t be much difference but when viewed up close and more carefully it looks better to my eye after the restoration. I left some of the paint crazing around the figure to add a little detail and depth which seems okay for a painted surface but it’s disturbing when the crazing is on the portrait sitters face.

William Shakespeare by Chandos - National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare - Chandos - National Portrait Gallery, London