Welcome to J. Dimond Conservation Limited

Jim Dimond is a freelance paintings conservator/restorer with 25 years experience working in both public and private sectors. Work is carried out for individual clients, private galleries and insurers. Institutional clients have included Government Art Collection, Tate, English Heritage, The Science Museum, M.O.D., St Paul's Cathedral, Museum of London and the V&A.

Large Projects

Section of North Wall, Tate Restaurant

In Search of Rare Meats by Rex Whistler, Conservation project carried out between 25th August and 25th October 2013 at Tate Britain Restaurant.

See BBC News Entertainment & Arts Restoring the Tate’s Whistler Mural

Large mural around the walls of the Tate Restaurant, cleaned, consolidated and retouched. Part of the mural has a canvas support while one wall was painted onto the restaurant wall with the original wall paint and plaster beneath. A huge part of the project involved complicated flake laying and consolidation where the paint layers had poor adhesion to the support beneath.

Ceiling section, La Tournerie, courtesy of the V&A
Curved section, Serilly Boudoir, courtesy of the V&A

Conservation treatment of three 17th century painted rooms for the V&A new European Gallery. Work carried out between May 2013 and March 2014.

Period Rooms:- La Tournerie, The Mirrored Cabinet and Serilly Boudoir.

Three painted rooms consisting of a series of decorated panels brought to the studio to be treated. The panels required structural work, cleaning and consolidation of flaking surfaces.

Life Drawing by Wynfield, courtesy of the V&A

Conservation of 11 paintings for the V&A’s National Competition Gallery. (see The Picture Restorer No. 38 Spring 2011)

During 2009 and 2010, the studio was involved in treatment of eleven large 19th century paintings that formed a decorative scheme of lunettes designed to fill the eighteen large semicircular blind arches and end walls in room 100 and 101 at the V&A. Work involved recreation of missing sections, cleaning of delicate surfaces and structural treatment of curved supports.

Mural, Muswell Hill Library

Treatment of Mural Painting, Muswell Hill Library

In early 2010 we treated a large early 20th Century mural in Muswell Hill Library that had been carried out by students of Hornsea School of Art in the 1230’s. Treatment included working on scaffolding to consolidate paint layers and surface clean.

Topolski Century, Feliks Topolski

Conservation Treatment of Topolski Century Exhibition

Between 2007 and 2009 Jim was the lead conservator carrying out the conservation work on the Topolski Century on the South Bank. This project encompassed conservation of up to 170 paintings by Feliks Topolsky that had been created in the latter half of the 20th century and on a variety of different and challenging materials.

Le Train Blue, signed by Picasso. Courtesy of the V&A

Treatment of Le Train Blue theatre front cloth

In 2006 Jim headed a team to treat a 12 meter x 10 meter theatre front cloth “Le Train Blue” for V&A. Tear mending and cleaning was carried out in a theatre scenery workshop at Surrey Quays.

Over the past few years Jim has been involved in on site rolling of outsized paintings onto manufactured rollers for GAC, V&A and Science Museum

Jim has worked internationally, treating of a series of large 17th century dynastic royal portraits working in situ in Chateau Balleroy, Normandy, carried out between 1997 and 2000, and working on site in Havana and Trinidad and Tobago