Artists examining printmaking paper

Alumnus Christoper Wallace co-authors article that appears in the April Journal of the American Institute for Conservation

Alumnus Christopher Wallace ('13, M.F.A., Studio Art: Printmaking) is the co-author of a recent technical study about stone paper matrix lithography published in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. The article, Géricault’s Lion Devouring a Horse Stone Paper Matrix: Technical Study, was published online on April 20, 2020, and co-authored by Christina Taylor and Georgina Rayner and C Katherine Eremin from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

From the Abstract: Théodore Géricault (1791–1824), one of the early proponents of lithography, experimented with the use of stone paper, a hand-coated paper that was formulated specifically for lithographic printing. Géricault’s Lion Devouring a Horse stone paper matrix is in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums and is the focus of this study. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis of the stone paper coating revealed the presence of lead and the absence of calcium, whereas previously published stone paper recipes all included calcium. Small samples were taken for analysis which confirmed that the material was dominated by lead white (basic lead carbonate) combined with a drying oil binder, casein and gum. Read more online.

Wallace is an artist, lithographer and printmaking instructor at Maud Morgan Arts, a program of the Agassiz Baldwin Community, a nonprofit corporation that provides programs, services and events with a focus on children, the arts and community in Cambridge, Mass. He has held teaching positions at the University of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art, and Lonestar College and was a teaching fellow in the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design from 2010 through 2013. See Wallace's work at South Paw Press.

Image provided by Andy DeCaen, associate professor and printmaking program coordinator; contact DeCaen for other images documenting the research.

 

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