After treatment. This map was float mounted and framed using Ultra Violet filtering acrylic glazing.
Before treatment, a detail shot
After treatment a detailed shot
Before treatment a detailed shot of a map that had been
damaged by water resulting in mould, which is visible in the
black, green and white stains.
Before treatment, the map was in a fragile condition,
the paper was acidic and weak with several small tears
The reverse showing acidic discolouration and a repair
patch to the bottom centre edge
Viewed in raking light the repair patch on the reverse can
be clearly seen, as can the losses.
A close up of some of the worm hole damage.
During treatment the map is cleaned removing
soluble acidity. Old repair patches are removed as
is acidic discolouration.
A thin sheet of handmade Japanese paper is pasted & applied
to the reverse of the map to strengthen & support it.
After applying the lining the map is placed face up. Tears and folds are checked & repositioned.
A corner that had been pulled away from the
work due to inaderquate mouting was reunited.
The losses were inpainted with watercolour, a different
medium to the original printing ink used thus enabling easy
identification of the retouching.
The Japanese lining paper was trimmed away
carefully following the contours of the uneven edges.
The map after its preservation. The disfiguring losses have been repaired restoring the maps intergrity.
The Cittie of London, a map circa 16 century; a case study of its treatment.
The Archival paper repair was positioned and lightly pressed.
Archival adhesive was applied to the
Creating a paper repair with the help of
A Folding Map of Africa
Another Folding Map damaged by moisture which resulting
in distortions and mould damage
A 20th Century Folding Map of Kent
1786 A new correct map of South Britain, composed of three sections.
Before treatment the map had been backed on a
stiff poor qualtiy kraft paper and tightly rolled.
It was difficult to view the map while adhered to backing,
this photo was taken after humidifying the work.
After treatment, the acidic backing and adhesive was removed. Then the map was
cleaned and flattened, mounted and framed using 99% ultra violet filtering glass.
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