Technique and condition

A pencil drawing on a medium-weight, cream, wove paper. The paper has watermark bearing the name 'Japon'. The line drawing is executed in a soft 'B' pencil and blank paper surrounds the image. The drawing is signed on the front below the image, 'a fougeron 37'. On the back is the inscription in pencil, 'Fougeron', also the title, 'Homage to Franco', various numbers '64F J84, '43', and an inked customs stamp, Douane 9 (customs), Exportation, Pairs, Central.

On acquisition the drawing is in fair condition, but significantly yellowed by oxidation. This has been much improved by conservation treatment to remove acidic degradation products from the paper. The paper remains partially discoloured, but of an even colour across the sheet.

Calvin Winner
March 2001