The Oleograph Conundrum:
A complex treatment through the hands of multiple conservators
In 2015 a framed oleograph of a port scene in Lyme Regis found its way to Artlab for assessment and conservation. Over the years the conservation treatment of the oleograph was started and worked on by several conservators and completed in 2021 by paper conservator Laura Daenke. Along the way, she encountered many ethical considerations and treatment difficulties. For this chinwag Laura will discuss the challenges faced during the treatment, from both the ethical and practical points of view. Varnish: to remove or not to remove? Tylose: a substitute for varnishing? Backing removal and washing: advantages and disadvantages.