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Symposium on examination of paper

From: Linda Sutherland <lsutherland>
Date: Monday, September 28, 1998
    **** Moderator's comments: This is a truncated announcement. For
    information and registration materials, see

Looking At Paper: Evidence and Interpretation
A Symposium
Toronto  May 13 - 16, 1999

This 4-day conference/workshop programme features recent art
historical and bibliographic research that focuses on the
examination and interpretation of paper. Presentations will include:
specific case studies, surveys of historic and contemporary papers,
discussions of research methodology and descriptions of analytical
techniques. This is a burgeoning field of study of great interest to
anyone working closely with paper-based collections. The
interdisciplinary programme brings together paper historians,
conservators, papermakers, scholars and curators from many different

For a registration form or further information please contact:

    Margaret Haupt at
    Looking at Paper
    Box 956, Station F, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M4Y 2N9
    416-979-6660 ext. 425
    Fax: 416-979-6670
    margaret_haupt [at] ago__net

Fees: The Symposium registration fee provides admittance to all
presentations and the reception. A copy of the published postprints
is also included. Registration for the workshops is priced
separately. Delegates may elect to attend as many as two workshops
each, subject to availability. Payments received by Jan. 15, 1999
qualify for an "early bird" discount. Fees are quoted in Canadian

Payment is made for (please check appropriate boxes):
Early Bird Registration, Symposium (before Jan.15)
    Standard    $300.00
Early Bird Registration, Symposium (before Jan. 15)
    Student*    $200.00
Registration, Symposium - Standard $350.00
Registration, Symposium - Student* $250.00

One Workshop - Standard/Student    $50.00
Two Workshops - Standard/Student   $100.00

Preliminary Schedule:
    May 13 - Morning registration; presentations to follow
    May 14 - Presentations followed by an evening reception
    May 15 - Morning presentations; afternoon workshops (concurrent)
    May 16 - Morning workshops (concurrent)

Preliminary Program, as of September 21, 1998 (subject to change,
more papers to be confirmed):

    Bell, Nancy (Oxford University): History Revealed:  Looking
    at Ferdinand Bauer's Flora Graeca.

    Bower, Peter (Paper Historian, UK): The White Art:  the
    importance of interpretation in the analysis of Paper.

    Bower, Peter (Paper Historian, UK): Beating the Forger:  Case
    Studies in Forensic Paper Investigation.

    Bunting, Victoria (Museum of Modern Art, New York): The Prints
    and the Papers:  Whistler's Venice Sets at the Freer Gallery of

    Burns, Thea (Queen's University) and Rosenfeld, Myra (Canadian
    Centre for Architecture): 'Design for a water-powered paper
    making machine': early European paper-making technology
    illustrated in a drawing in the Canadian Centre for
    Architecture, Montreal.

    Button, Victoria,  and Miller, Elizabeth (Victoria and Albert
    Museum): Fickle Friends:  Watermarks and paper evidence in 16th
    Century Italian Ornament Prints.

    Carton, D., Choe, P, and Yeh, M.B. (New York University):
    Invoking the Past:  John Taylor Arms' Use of Antique Papers.

    Christie-Miller, Ian (London University): Digital Imaging:
    Watermarks, Rare and Fragile Books, Palimpsests.

    Eagan, Jane (Oxford University): Boardmaking in Lalande's L'Art
    du cartonnier

    Hills, Richard L. (UK): A Technical  Revolution in Papermaking,
    1250 to 1350.

    Krill, John (University of Delaware):
    Academic Studies of Academies.

    Maheux, Anne (National Gallery of Canada): Contemporary Artists'
    Papers:  An Overview of Works at the National Gallery of Canada.

    Meredith, Philip (National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden):
    Japanese Papers:  Early 19th Century Collections in the National
    Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands.

    Porck, Henk (National Library of the Netherlands):
    Characterization of Western Handmade Decorated Paper,
    Standardization of terminology, development of identification

    Reynard, Pierre-Claude (University of New Brunswick): Quality
    and Quantity?  18th-century acceleration of hand-methods of

    Anna-Grethe Rischel (National Museum of Denmark): A
    classification system for Oriental papers using microscopic and
    macroscopic analysis of fibre materials and paper technology.

    Schenck, Kimberley (Baltimore Museum of Art): China Paper in
    Nineteenth-Century French Printmaking.

    Shep, Sydney (Victoria University of Wellington): New Zealand
    Paper Trails

    Stratis, Harriet (Art Institute of Chicago): The Lithographs of
    James McNeill Whistler:  Methods of Identifying Lifetime and
    Posthumous Impressions.

    Thompson, Ruby Reid (Nottingham University): Historical and
    literary papers and the application of watermark descriptions: a
    case study based upon the archival records of the 1st and 2nd
    Earls of Oxford.

    Woodward, David (University of Wisconsin): Martha and Mary,
    1568-1570:  Archetypal Watermark Twins for the

Featured Speaker: Mr. Peter Bower, an internationally respected
paper historian, consultant and forensic paper analyst will be the
featured speaker. He specialises in the examination and analysis of
papers for the purposes of dating, authentication, attribution and
usage. Museums, galleries, auction houses, dealers, lawyers and
papermakers consult with him on a broad range of material including
works of art, forged banknotes and fraudulent business papers.

Currently, Mr. Bower is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the Tate
Gallery continuing research on the papers used by J. M. W. Turner.
Mr. Bower will be conducting a workshop and giving the  following
presentations: "The White Art: The Importance of Interpretation in
the Analysis of Paper" and "Beating the Forger: Case Studies in
Forensic Paper Investigation."

Workshops: Each workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20
participants per session and will be offered on May 15 and repeated
May 16.

Workshop A
Examining Western Papers - Peter Bower (UK)
This workshop is designed to show some of the practical methods
used, and some of the difficulties that can be encountered, while
investigating a sheet of paper - be it a work of art, a letter, a
banknote or a page from a printed book. A variety of papers will be
examined in a paper conservation studio.

Workshop B
Examining Oriental Papers - Akinori Okawa (Japan)
Akinori Okawa, technical manager of the Kochi Paper Research Centre
in Japan, will examine a wide variety of Japanese papers as used by
western artists - from Inuit drawings to Rembrandt prints. His
expertise in fibre identification and early Eastern papermaking
technology is invaluable to an appreciation of how and why these
papers were used. Mr. Okawa is a highly regarded specialist in the
analysis and reproduction of traditional washi and has been
consulted by many conservators and curators internationally. He will
be accompanied by a translator.

Workshop C
Digital Imaging of Watermarks - Ian Christie-Miller (UK)
Mr. Christie-Miller obtained his PhD from London University in
bibliographic research, which led him to develop new watermark
imaging techniques and equipment. A practical demonstration of these
techniques will display the potential to record and enhance
watermarks and other paper characteristics. There will be an
opportunity for each participant to use the imaging equipment on any
sample of paper they may choose to bring. The image recorded may be
manipulated and copied to a diskette for the participant.

Sponsors: The symposium organizers gratefully acknowledge the
financial support of the following conservation organizations:

    Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property
    280 Metcalfe, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 1R7

    The Institute of Paper Conservation
    Leigh Lodge, Leigh, Worcester, WR6 5LB, England

    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    Book and Paper Group
    1717 K Street, N.W., Suite 301 Washington, D.C.  20006

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:31
                Distributed: Tuesday, September 29, 1998
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Received on Monday, 28 September, 1998

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