JAIC 1980, Volume 19, Number 2, Article 5 (pp. 96 to 102)
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JAIC 1980, Volume 19, Number 2, Article 5 (pp. 96 to 102)

SPRAYED POLY (VINYL ACETATE) HEAT SEAL ADHESIVE LINING OF PEN AND IRON GALL INK DRAWINGS ON TRACING PAPER

Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski



7 ANOTHER APPLICATION

THIS TYPE OF LINING may be applied most successfully to thin, lightweight paper supports or to small, heavier ones. For example, it was used successfully on a small 16th century Italian double-sided drawing of Saint John the Baptist and Bishop Saint (Fogg Art Museum, 1965.428). The iron gall ink medium with which it was executed had so corroded the paper support that it had begun to split in several places along the drawing lines. A substantial heavily-inked area of the bishop's robe had fallen away in fragments, a few of which remained loose within the mat envelope, the others having already disappeared. Non-aqueous lining of this tiny drawing was effected using a tacking iron and the procedure previously described. When completed, the lining was unnoticeable from the front since it left the texture of the original paper unchanged. The other drawing, on the reverse of the sheet, was rendered only slightly less visible than it had been initially—seen as though through a slight, uneven haze.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK Marjorie B. Cohn for suggesting this project and for her interest and helpfulness throughout its execution.


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