Tile; tin-glazed earthenware; square; transfer-printed in black; girl dancing to fiddle; rococo scroll frame providing the prototype for the "88" border. Based on a print originally entitled 'Miss Nancy Dawson dancing the Hornpipe' which was reproduced without title in Plate 32 of 'The Ladies Amusement' published by Robert Sayer.
- 1760-1775 (circa)
29 June 1994
Reason for treatment
Surface dirt,chips in glaze.
The tiles were removed from their frame. Steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper, any excess mortar was removed from the back and sides of the tile with a spatula. Missing areas filled with FEW surface filler (polyester). Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper. Painted with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic) diluted with water applied with a sable brush. Back and sides of tiles sealed with 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a paint brush. Tiles adhered to the roughened surface of an aluminium backing plate with Araldite 2005 (epoxy) mixed with Cab-o-sil (fumed silica). Any excess around the edge of the tiles wiped off with tissue and acetone.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Tile; tin-glazed earthenware; square; transfer-printed in black; sailor bidding farewell to woman with wheelbarrow, with a ship in the background; rococo scroll border.
Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum
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Object reference number: MCN9956
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