Do you have a family heirloom you'd love to share but also want to keep? Knowing how to copy an old painting is useful information to have.


Knowing how to copy a painting is important if you have a family heirloom that you want to share. To ensure that every member of the family can fully enjoy the painting, having high quality copies is the only answer. Richardson Paintings can provide this very solution.

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QUERY: I wish to copy a painting for my family twice. The original is to stay with me, so I bear the burden of the insurance until it is eventually sold but my two children, who both adore the picture, can have the joy of it hanging in their homes without the worry. I want to the copies to be very high-quality and identical to the original. Can you advise how to copy a painting?
WR, Buckinghamshire



Richardson Paintings may be the solution to the problem of how to copy a painting.

Richardson Paintings has a group of about 80 artists worldwide, all classically trained, who paint from high-quality photographs and transparencies or even from the original painting if available. It regularly carries out work for Sotheby’s, Christie’s and other large establishments around the world. Oliver Richardson says that more than 95% of the work is done from transparencies and photographs as often the original is not available for long enough.

Initially, send a good set of photographs to Oliver so he can select an artist who is an expert in the period, style and subject of the painting you wish to have copied. The cost varies from £500 to £2,000 for a 3ft by 4ft canvas, but a quote is given in the first instance. Frames are priced separately. The whole process should take about two months. For more information call 01491 629549.