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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1955,0207.5

  • Description

    A village dance; couple sit under shade of tree in left foreground kissing, behind and to right villagers dance to music played by man in centre who plays flute and bangs drum Pen and brown ink with brown wash

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1790-1872
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 316 millimetres
    • Width: 430 millimetres
  • Location

    British Roy PV

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    16 August 2012

    Treatment proposal

    Lift. Remove debris and adhesive. Support if necessary. Inlay. Mount. Stamp.

    Condition

    Guarded down into a closed mount. Vertical undulations across entire sheet as a result of the restricted edges. There is an area of damage in bottom left corner that appears to have been masked with a dark brown, glossy substance. No damage is visible from the verso, however.

    Treatment details

    Lifted from mount by cutting guards with a scalpel. Debris removed with a poultice of Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether) and by scraping with a scalpel. Adhesive residue removed using cotton wool swabs dampened with warm water. Tried to minimise the appearance of the substance covering the damaged area in the bottom left by abrading the surface with a scalpel. This was unsuccessful, as was dabbing it with a damp cotton wool swab. Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Removed fibrous debris from right and bottom edges of recto with scalpel and tweezers. Supported skinned areas on verso with Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste (gluten-free). Strip inlaid into 140gsm western wove paper using Culminal a non-ionic cellulose ether. Pressed between blotters. Object mounted into a Royal overthrow of 6ply Heritage 100% Cotton Museum Board with a backboard of 4ply Heritage 100% Cotton Museum Board and hinged in using archival framing tape adhered with water.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1955

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1955,0207.5

A village dance; couple sit under shade of tree in l foreground kissing, behind and to r villagers dance to music played by man in centre who plays flute and bangs drum
Pen and brown ink with brown wash

Recto

A village dance; couple sit under shade of tree in l foreground kissing, behind and to r villagers dance to music played by man in centre who plays flute and bangs drum Pen and brown ink with brown wash

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