Nicholson, Ben. Etching.
Cleaning and pressing an etching on wove paper by Ben Nicholson.1967.
‘Pewter mug’. Printed by F. Lanfranca, Locarno, Switzerland, 1967. Dry point etching with tone. (ref V&A)
The print had time staining and planar distortions from exposure to damp from a house flood.
The prints are distinctive for their finely etched lines, deep bevelled plate marks and harmonious relationship of the asymmetric plate to the full sheet of paper. [sculptural in concept].
After careful washing to remove soluble staining, the print paper was stabilised with a light de-acidification treatment on the verso.
The print was pressed between paper makers felts.
Special ‘step- cut’ blotter templates were placed verso and recto to accommodate the three dimensionality of the paper and keep the incisive sculptural quality of the plate mark.