This fascinating artefact of our industrial heritage arrived into the studio rolled up and hanging weakly to its original, discoloured linen backing.
The drawing had strong distortions, moderate surfaced dirt and the paper was so fragile that areas fell away with each unrolling. The dirty linen backing no longer gave any support. Loose fragments were saved and re-attached back into their correct places during treatment.
Dry cleaning, removal of partially detached and weak linen backing, re-lining with a conservation-grade Japanese paper selected to give strength and maintain transparency, infilling losses, pressing and housing within a custom-made folder to suit both the client and the object.