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    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.


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  • Date

    • 1760-1775 (circa)
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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1903 E168 bibliographic details
    • Ray 1994 p.24, fig.B4-3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G46/wall/mixed theme/D

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 June 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, mount.


    Surface dirt,chips in glaze.

    Treatment details

    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.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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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.

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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