Engineers’ drawing on transparent paper

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.

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.

Before Conservation

Engineer's Drawing; Condition on arrival into the studio, (rolled and attached to discoloured, partially detached linen backing).

Engineer’s Drawing; Condition on arrival into the studio, (rolled and attached to discoloured, partially detached linen backing).

Engineer's Drawing; After careful unrolling

Engineer’s Drawing; After careful unrolling

After Conservation

Engineers' Drawing; After Conservation

Engineers’ Drawing; After Conservation

Engineers' Drawing; Housed In a conservation-grade, custom-made folder, designed to suit the needs of the client and the drawing.

Engineers’ Drawing; Housed In a conservation-grade, custom-made folder, designed to suit the needs of the client and the drawing.

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