We are accredited by the IIC, which is the international body for conservators of all disciplines and exists to promote the knowledge, methods and working standards needed to protect and preserve historic and artistic works throughout the world. Fellows are elected from long-standing members by ballot, by other Fellows. Furthermore, we are also accredited by the BAPCR, which is the professional body for practising paintings conservators based in the UK. They administer an accreditation system Fellowship, which is awarded following an examination of a candidate’s work by other Fellows.

Philip Robinson – Philip has over 50 years’ experience as a restorer. He has lectured on conservation and holds fellowships of both the IIC (International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) and BAPCR (the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers). From time to time Philip has served on the Council of the BAPCR, and has been its Chair several times.

Michael Robinson – Michael is also a Fellow of the IIC and BAPCR. He has lectured at the Courtauld Institute, the former SSCR and the BAPCR, and has written articles for the BAPCR journal. Apart from being our modern paintings specialist, Michael’s depth of experience in all fields of restoration, cleaning, retouching and structural work (including lining and panel work), across all genres, means that his expertise is often sought in order to appraise the precise condition of paintings prior to purchase in the UK and in Europe. He has been with J.H Cooke and Sons since 1981.

Simon Padfield – Originally trained in all aspects of conservation and restoration, Simon is now the structural specialist at J.H Cooke and Sons, dealing with joining and tear repair, de-lining, relining and surface corrections. He has been with the company since 1990 and is a Fellow of BAPCR, and has an MA in the Conservation of Paintings. He was founding editor of The Picture Restorer, the journal of the BAPCR, from its inception in 1992 until 2008. Like Philip, Simon has served on the Council of the BAPCR.

Luke Williams – Luke excelled at drawing and painting from a young age, after a spell studying fine art he chose to pursue a career as a picture restorer. He gained work experience at a number of London restoration studios, in particular assisting with the restoration of Hubert Robert’s masterpiece “Le Pont Sur Le Torrent”. This cumulative experience resulted in an eight year apprenticeship at J.H Cooke & Sons. He learnt the techniques of lining, panel work, cleaning and restoration under the supervision of his experienced colleagues, which is reflected in his recognised skills and judgement as a respected colleague at J.H Cooke & Sons. Luke has been with the company for 11 years helping solve complex structural work, meticulous restorations on a comprehensive range of paintings by artists such as Van Goyen, George Romney, Alfred Sisley and Ben Nicholson to name only a few. Luke is a member of the BAPCR, and is a talented artist in his own right.

Client Testimonials

“We have been working with JH Cooke & Sons for the past 15 years. Their skill, knowledge, care, and attention to detail are second to none. They are an absolute pleasure to work with and we could not recommend them enough to anyone who is looking to have their painting cleaned or restored.”

Alon Zakaim Fine Art
Josh, Alon Zakaim Fine Art
“I have taken many paintings to JH Cooke and Sons for cleaning and restoration work. I have always found them to be extremely professional and knowledgeable and they have always done a fantastic job for me. They are highly experienced and take the time to explain and discuss the sensitive work required for each individual painting. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Rosanna Mullins

Rosanna Mullins, Tootell’s

Oil Painting Restoration, Conservation & Other Services Available

Oil Painting Restoration & Conservation Works

  • Cleaning
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Restoring & Revarnishing
  • Filling & Retouching
  • Vanish Removal
  • Overpaint Removal
  • Treating Flaking Paints
  • Other Conservation & Restoration Works

Oil Painting Repairs & Structural Treatments

  • Tear Mending
  • De-lining & Lining
  • Reducing Canvas Distortion
  • Re-straining
  • Repairing Joins
  • Consolidating Paint Layers
  • Splits to Wood Panels
  • Other Structural Treatments & Repairs

Oil Painting Condition Reports

  • Identification & Description
  • Condition Assessment
  • Testing & Analysis
  • Treatment Proposal
  • Documentation of Processes
  • Cost Estimate
  • Final Condition Assessment

Oil Painting Conservation Advice

  • How to display an Oil Painting
  • Storage
  • Framing, Glazing & Backboards
  • Wrapping, Transport & Handling
  • Other Conservation Advice

Before & After Restoration Gallery

We invite you to view our Before & After Gallery and allow our work to speak for itself. With every image telling a unique story of transformation, we hope you are as proud of the results as we are.

Get in Contact Today

At J.H Cooke & Sons, our team take the time to listen to your needs and requirements. So, if you require some advice or need more information on our services please contact us today.