Panoramic Wallpaper, French 1822
The panoramic wallpaper was relief printed using a tempera medium on to rolls assembled from hand made sheets and applied to plaster walls without benefit of a lining. Because local treatment procedures would be insufficient to address the separations, tears and soiling, the wallpaper was removed with steam to facilitate studio treatment. This consisted of cleaning, consolidation of the fragile media with gelatin on a suction table, filling losses with matching paper, mending and reinforcement with Japanese paper and wheat starch paste, inpainting the fills and abrasions in the design using watercolor, and remounting to the plaster walls with interleaving linings of fabric and paper. The surrounding moldings were painted to reproduce the original design scheme based on paint analysis.