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Antique Watercolor Painting of Exeter Cathedral Astronomical Clock on J Whatman Paper 1851

  • City: London
  • State: California
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Listed: March 11, 2017 4:29 pm
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An original watercolor painting of the Exeter Cathedral Astronomical Clock bearing the motto ‘PEREUNT ET IMPUTANTUR’ translates as ‘The hours pass and are reckoned to our account’. Unframed. Unknown artist. Dimensions 37.5cms x 24cms approx. The paper is rare of its kind and bearing the watermark J Whatman 1851.

James Whatman Paper – The development of ‘wove’ paper, producing paper on a woven mesh material pioneered by Whatman, resulted in a sheet of paper having a much less irregular surface than laid paper which improved immeasurably the quality of printed work and the range of printing techniques possible, its smooth surface lacked the furrows of traditional laid paper which caused pigment to puddle on the page. In addition it was soaked in a gelatin bath of hoofs and bones to make it extremely strong and less absorbent. Paint moved easily over its surface and multiple layers could be applied and then wiped, scratched, or scraped away without damaging the paper. These complicated subtractive techniques were brought to the highest level of virtuosity by J M W Turner who worked regularly on Whatman paper. Whatman’s trials were conducted in 1754 in conjunction with the famous printer William Baskerville.http://www.turkeymill.com/about-us/view/139/historyk

Price £149

Listing ID: 91758c425d436cc8

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