Conservation of a study for Peter Lanyon’s mural ‘The Conflict of Man with the Tides and the Sands’.
John Jones were pleased to provide specialist fine art conservation advice and services for a private client who required treatment of a large gouache on paper mural study by Peter Lanyon, c. 1960.
The impressive work - measuring over three metres in length and a metre and half in height - had been stored, rolled up, in an attic space for almost 40 years. Our Conservation technicians, who are specialists in work on paper, carried out a full condition report to check for long term damage and provided a treatment plan in order to best preserve the work which bore loose surface dirt, severe on-going media loss and tears, distortions and embrittlement.
The treatment plan included surface cleaning on the front using a soft-haired brush, and localised cleaning using easier shards. Media judged to be at the greatest risk of loss was consolidated using brush-applied solutions, other areas of media were consolidated using an ultrasonically-generated mist. The artworks were briefly humidified and gently pressed. Following this, sections could be turned over to access the back of the artworks. Tear repairs and punctures were repaired using museum processes including the use of Japanese paper, pre-prepared with an adhesive of Japanese wheat starch paste. Minimal retouching was carried out using pastels over the larger in-fills to make them less distracting.
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Image: (1) full study (2) right section (3) treatment of a study for Peter Lanyon’s mural ‘The Conflict of Man with the Tides and the Sands’ 1960. Gouach on paper, 152cm x 300cm and 152cm x 140cm (h x w).