Prints - an image that exists in multiple copies and which has been taken from an engraved plate, woodblock, silkscreen, stencil, lithographic stone or zinc etc
A common recurrence with works of art on paper is that the acidity of window mounts leaches from the bevel of the mount onto the paper. Conservators refer to this as a 'matte stain'.
This print is such an example.
By removing the matte stain and the faulty window mount, there is more choice to how to display the print.
These prints were discovered by the family when going through their recently deceased grandfather's house contents.
This method of printing was done during the First World War. These prints are lithographs with hand colouring and highlights in black charcoal.
The prints were pasted to a backing board and their window mounts pasted to the margins of the print (shown as white ragged areas).
All the unwanted card was removed and the prints were immersed in water. Immersion allows a more thorough drawing out of discolouration from the front and back of the sheet. And by removing the soluble discolouration it is adding 'strength' back into the sheets of paper.
Mounting material can either 'dull' the image or it can stain the paper, as in this example.
This example also shows that a previous fashion to mount prints can be reversed and that now the print can be float mounted, and all the edges of the sheet and its signature can be viewed.