Conservation and Restoration of
Fine Art Since 1975

Tim Dolby 6th January 1954 – 15th May 2022

It is with deep regret that Tim passed away on 15th May 2022 and we will therefore no longer be taking on any new commissions or restoration work. For any further information please contact James Willing - 07788 410503 or e mail

Tim Dolby is a leading painting, artwork and interior painted surfaces restorer, based in Dorking, Surrey, UK. He breathes new life into discoloured, faded or damaged paintings and brings period artworks back to their original splendour with the utmost care and expertise.

Tim restores and cleans pictures and paintings across Guildford, Woking, Weybridge, Walton-upon-Thames, Cobham, Esher, Godalming, Epsom and across the London Boroughs or Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Westminster and Fulham.

With customers located all around the world, Tim has specialised in fine art restoration and the conservation of painted surfaces and other unusual mediums for the past 45 years. He has been responsible for restoring and repairing some of the finest artworks, in private collections in St. John's Wood, historic homes in Henley, London museums, churches and art galleries from Sevenoaks to Brighton, both from his studio in Dorking, Surrey, and on location. As an artist in his own right, Tim understands the sentimental value all these artworks hold for their owners and the importance of respecting and preserving that bond.

“Tim is a phenomenally talented restorer across many mediums and disciplines. Any work undertaken by Tim for Ewbanks has always been of the highest calibre. I never have any hesitation in recommending his services as a restorer to any and all of our clients.”

Andrew Ewbank, Ewbanks Auctioneers, Woking, Surrey

Tim offers a personalised service for the restoration and conservation of oil and watercolour paintings, antique objets d’art, miniatures, picture frames and hand painted murals. If the artwork cannot be shipped to Tim’s studio in Dorking, Surrey, UK, he sometimes travels to carry out the full restoration service on site. Whether repairing a damaged painting or antique, or restoring a treasured work of art to its original condition, every project is personally restored by Tim to ensure the best possible results.


Invisible repair of torn canvas and masterful restoration of discoloured varnish, smoke damage and dirt accumulation.

"Tim has carried out significant restoration and conservation on many of our large fantasy oil paintings. Over the years, he has restored and reframed many of our priceless paintings. He is always full of great ideas for displaying the works and we value his advice. Sidney Sime loved the night sky and stars, and Tim shines out as one with his talents.”

Mary Broughton, Curator, Sidney Sime Gallery Guildford, Surrey, UK



Removal and retouching of foxing marks and other discolourations to return delicate watercolour paintings and other artworks on paper to their original condition.

“Tim, I am delighted with the restoration of the Langdale painting. You have been brilliant and enhanced it wonderfully.”

Dr C Williamson, private client, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.



Faithful restoration and cleaning of period miniatures, painted surfaces on antique items and refurbishment of tarnished or damaged picture frames, including gold and silver leaf.

"I have never been disappointed with any of the work he has done. Quite the contrary, he consistently exceeds my expectations, and I would not trust them to anyone else."

Daren Purvis, private collector, Adelaide, Australia



Expert cleaning, renovation and restoring of interior artworks painted directly onto walls and ceilings.

“Tim’s artistic talents and restoration craftsmanship have consistently been carried out to an exceptional standard. He works with outstanding professionalism. He’s polite, discrete and personable. These attributes and artistic talent are vital for us at Clough Harris Ltd."

George B Clough RVM, Director, Clough Harris Ltd. Kensington, London


Tim’s Corporate Clients Include: