Complete: Map of Delaware 2011.56ab

before treatment
Laid paper on a cardboard backing; black printing ink; watercolor in tan/yellow, red/pink, brown/copper green.
Published in 1816, 10.875"x13.625"

Condition: Paper and backing discolored, brittle; mild surface dirt, small dent in UL corner; watercolor severely faded & copper green pigment corroded.

Dry cleaning
Solubility testing of pigments
Soak backing in distilled water & remove mechanically
Wash suspended in distilled water contained between polyester web
Mend tears with japanese tissue and wheat starch paste

Mother Kill?
Slaughter Creek?  Broad Kill?  Whore Kill Road?
What, exactly went on here?

Backing removal - so easy! 

polyester web pocket for washing

Bath - suspended between polyester web
dirty water

Completed: 6/29/12


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