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Portrait of a Man

Artist unknown, c. 1890, 15 x 9.25"
Rufus A. Lewis Collection, Trenholm State Technical College (Montgomery, AL)
    • Crayon enlargement portrait, before treatment
    • Crayon enlargement portrait, before treatment

This crayon enlargement arrived at CCAHA mounted to a paperboard secondary support, from which it had separated along all edges. It had extensive edge damage in the form of tears and losses, creases and folds, and edge wear. A large fragment had separated from the top right corner, and there were multiple other losses and fragments around the perimeter of the object.

There was scattered image loss overall (with significant areas of loss in the sitter's face) and there were areas of heavy surface dirt.

    • Crayon enlargement portrait, after treatment
    • Crayon enlargement portrait, after treatment

CCAHA staff mechanically removed the primary support from the paperboard secondary support. They blotter-washed the portrait with deionized water to reduce discoloration and acidity. Then, they aligned the fragments and lined them with mulberry paper and wheat starch paste. They filled losses with an acrylic-toned paper of the appropriate weight and surface texture. Losses were inpainted with pigments, and fills were toned with pastel pencils and colored pencils.

Finally, the object was placed into a folder constructed with a rigid alkaline paperboard backing, an alkaline paper cover, and a piece of Microchamber paper interleaving.