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  • Description

    A man in a feathered hat with a sword
    Woodblock, cut for printing

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1600-1650
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 59 millimetres
    • Width: 89 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Old label on verso inscribed in ink: "Very early cut of a gallant. 1600. Mr White's collection"
  • Curator's comments

    See 2000-7-23-10 for the group of blocks of which this is one. It was printed as no. 50 in E Charnley, "Specimens of Early Wood Engraving being Impressions from the Collection of Mr Charnley", Newcastle 1858.

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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 May 2008

    Treatment proposal

    Repair- reattach wood sides. Secure loose paper in underside.


    Loose dust adhering to surface. The sides have become detached from the object and the top side appears to have become warped.

    The iron rivets/nails holding the sides in place have corroded. On the base of the block the acid from the corrosion has caused the paper label to decay. The corrosion does not appear to be active.

    The paper label on the back of the block is coming away from the wood in places. It is stained and damaged in places.

    Wood worm damage is evident on the left side of the block although there is no frass present so it appears to be old.

    Treatment details

    Dusted lightly with a soft brush to remove loose dust. The cracks in the wood were consolidated with 2.5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50/50 Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied with a thin brush.

    The sides were cleaned with cotton swabs of Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and the sides were adhered using 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50/50 Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) and Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied with a brush. The sides were held in place using small sand bags during setting time. any excess Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) was removed with cotton swabs of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone).

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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