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    100 Year Painting On a Cotton Sheet - Mounting Help

    Hi Everyone,
    I have a 100 year old painting that was painted onto a cotton sheet due to lack of canvas at the time. The cotton has disintegrated and is falling apart. It has numerous tears in it and the paint is flaking off. It is fairy large - 6 feet by 4 feet. It needs to be saved due to it representing a sentimental value from my grandmother. It is impossible to mount it onto a stretcher as it is breaking apart with stretching. I am not proficient with restoration and need some ideas. My thoughts are:
    1) I can glue the painting onto a new piece of canvas and then put it on a stretcher.
    2) I can glue the painting onto wood (if flat pieces of board this size exist).
    3) Any other ideas?
    I would really appreciate any advice or ideas that you may have. It's important to save this painting for at least the next 40 years.
    Thank you!!!
    Lara


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    I suggest you leave to to a professional. I know there are techniques to glue linen to the back of the painting with, for instance, bees wax, using a hot iron, but this is a really delicate operation.
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    Please go to a professional asap. Ask at your local museum. I think they do glue it onto another canvas to stabilise it, but I can't say for sure or how. There are videos that show people doing the work - it's very delicate, especially if you don't want to wreck it.

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    Thank you for the suggestion. Will research the method.

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    Thank you for the reply! I have been watching videos on how to do it. Does look complicated!

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