- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - An 1847 oil portrait of showman P.T. Barnum has had a facelift.

The Baraboo News Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1Nj3eYA ) the painting had been held in storage at Circus World’s library since it was donated in 1987 and was falling apart.

So the Baraboo-based organization enlisted the help of Barry Bauman, who volunteers his restoration services to museums.

He says the painting had water damage, a puncture and a lot of dirt and grime. He described it as the worst looking painting he’s seen for many years.

But four months later, the painting has been restored. And Executive Director Scott O’Donnell liked it so much he says it’s inspired him to develop a display of circus artwork.



Since 2003, Bauman has worked pro bono on more than 1,500 paintings for 300 museums.

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Information from: Baraboo News Republic, https://www.wiscnews.com/bnr

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