Conservation

Conservation

As designs for tapestry the cartoons were used as working drawings and suffered a lot of damage in the past. More damage almost certainly occurred when the cartoon strips were laid down onto canvas at the end of the 17th century. Despite this the cartoons are now relatively stable. However some conservation work was carried out. Loose areas of paper were reattached using the inert adhesive, methyl cellulose. Also the edges of the cartoons were consolidated using strips of Japanese paper and wheat starch paste. More interventive treatment would have been risky for the object and may, in this case, have resulted in the loss of forensic information of use to future researchers.