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William Blake

From: Rebecca Donnan <r-donnan>
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 1999
Jane Hinwood <jhinwood [at] hotmail__com> writes

>I am interested in doing a literature search of William Blake's
>water colour palette and/or the papers he used.  Can any one provide
>details of known references to published conservation research on
watercolours or papers used by Blake.

I can assist you in many ways. I am the Mellon Fellow in Advanced
Paper Conservation at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
and as part of my fellowship I have been carrying out Blake research.
For the last 18 months I have been examining tempera and watercolour
works worldwide.  To my knowledge only one paper has be published on
the watercolour palette: Maheux A. F. "An Analysis of the Watercolour
Technique and Materials of William Blake" Conference of Art
Conservation Training Programs, May 1982, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario. A briefer version appears in The Blake Quarterly.
The Tate have just published some info on the temper paintings which
relates to the pallet "Paint and Purpose a Study of Technique in
British Art". A most excellent  generalized Blake bibliography can be
found at The William Blake archive

With regard to the papers the catalogue written by Martin Butlin
"The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake"; Yale University;
1981, has some info but (with only a few deviations) Blake really
only used Whatman papers. If you require any further assistance
please don't hesitate to contact me--Mr. Blake is currently my life!

Rebecca Donnan

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:1
                 Distributed: Wednesday, June 16, 1999
                        Message Id: cdl-13-1-001
Received on Tuesday, 8 June, 1999

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