Charles de Gaulle poster before conservation, M. Degueldre

Charles de Gaulle poster before conservation, M. Degueldre

Problems

This poster had many of the problems typical of paper in general and of large format works in particular. It had been rolled and stored for some time. The edges, which are most vulnerable when posters are rolled, were damaged and tatty and there were creases where the roll had been squashed. There were old self-adhesive tape repairs on the back, a large tear in one corner and many smaller tears. Lastly, the paper itself was starting to deteriorate - this is most obvious in top left hand corner, where there is a yellow-brown discoloration.

Charles de Gaulle free France poster
M. Degueldre
France
1943-1944
Colour lithograph
Width 120.6 cm x length 160.6 cm
Museum no. E1980-2004
Translation of French on poster: ‘To renew our France together, we must walk hand in hand.’