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The Tarantella Dance

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Tarantella Dance
  • Description

    A couple dancing on the left, the man stepping to the side, his right arm outstretched, looking up and over his shoulder at the woman, who steps behind him, her arms raised, playing castanets, while a third woman plays a tambourine on the right; after Locke. 1799
    Etching printed in brown ink

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1799
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 417 millimetres
    • Width: 522 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and 'W. Lock inv. et del. / F. Bartolozzi R.A. sculp / London, Published as the Act directs, Novr. 1. 1799, by F. Bartolozzi, & Comp.'.
  • Bibliography

    • Calabi + De Vesme 1322.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 September 2010

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean; reduce discolouration; tear repair; infill if necessary; flattening.


    Surface dirt, discolored; trears and creases; small missing corner at the bottom left.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned; humidified and washed twice (30 mins in cold water and 30 mins in warm water at 40C) to reduce discolouration; air dried; repaired tears and reinforced weak areas with Japanese tissue and wheat starch; the missing corner was infilled with toned Western paper; humidified and flattened. (The treatments were carried out by a volunteer conservation student and then completed by a conservator.)

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