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Pictor Conservation specialises in the care of easel paintings.  We work collectively to deliver the highest standard of restoration and conservation. The partnership draws on over 80 years’ experience within both the private and public sectors to provide assessments, remedial treatments and collections care.


Working closely with clients we offer a discreet, tailored service from our London studio. Our network of skilled professional contacts extends beyond the partnership to incorporate services such as technical analysis, frame-making, photography and shipping.

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Rachel Carey-Thomas

ICON accreditation, 2009

PG Dip Conservation of Easel Paintings, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2004

BA Hons Fine Art, Newcastle University, 1994

After training, Rachel worked for various private conservators and institutions including The National Trust, Westminster Abbey and UCL, before joining Shepherd Conservation in 2007. She developed her freelance work alongside this and since 2015 has been the primary paintings conservator for the Arts Council's collection of modern and contemporary paintings.

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Rebecca Leathley

MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, University of the Arts London2018

BA Hons Fine Art, Newcastle University, 1994

Rebecca has over 25 years experience of working within the art world and with the conservation and restoration of paintings. She trained with Hamish Dewar Ltd in London, where she worked until 2010. From 2011 she worked in the Shepherd Conservation studio and also maintained her own private practice. 

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Nicoletta Tomassi

ICON accreditation, 2021

MA Paintings Conservation, Istituto Centrale del Restauro, Rome, 2007


Nicoletta worked in Italy and Canada before moving to the UK in 2011. She worked in Simon Folkes' studio before becoming self-employed in 2016. Since then she has worked for various institutions such as Tate and the V&A, and private studios including Shepherd Conservation Ltd. She is currently the paintings conservator for the Imperial War Museum.

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Nancy Wade

ICON accreditation, 2009

PG Dip Conservation of Easel Paintings, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2001

MA (Cantab) History of Art, Cambridge, 1998


After qualifying Nancy completed an internship at SRAL, Netherlands. She then worked on various wall painting and painting conservation projects in the UK. She has been paintings conservator at the Guildhall Art Gallery since 2004, where she is currently senior conservator and studio manager. She combined this with work at Shepherd Conservation from 2007 until 2023. 

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