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Graphic art in the lab

Posted by Conservators on Apr 11, 2013 12:57:17 AM

Author: Marie

Date: 08/04/13

Temperature: -16

Wind speed: 9 knots

Temp with wind chill: -24

Sunrise: 8:58am

Sunset: 4:49pm



Some artefacts just fascinate you. They take you back somewhere, sometime, straight away. They're appealing. The stationery we had last fortnight had this effect on me. The tray for the colours, the brush and the nib pen, just fill the area with some kind of poetic and artistic atmosphere. And I couldn't refrain from setting up this completely inaccurate reconstruction, for the picture and for the pleasure.

Painter atelier.jpg

The imaginary painter atelier in the conservation lab



Click the following link to see the real painter atelier in the hut. Historic image of Dr Wilson working on a sketch May 19th 1911 Credit H. Ponting. SPRI ref : P2005/5/0402


I was also really curious about the nib pen. Could it be Scott’s one? Was it related to one of the diaries? Or maybe to some map, drawing, letters, furniture list or scientific notes? Hence, I started looking again on the historic images, and Lizzie sent me some close ups. So, I can tell now that it's probably not Scott's, neither Cherry's, nor Griff. But, it could be Gran's nib pen, even if I can't tell for sure. The exposure time was long enough for Gran to take a posture in the middle of an already written page and it seems that the handle has been slightly moving. Click the following link to see a picture of Gran holding a nib pen: Credit H. Ponting. SPRI ref: P2005/5/0399.


That's probably the most interesting part of the job, going from the excitement of mystery to the pleasure of recognition. So, if someone can just tell me what's written on the page…

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