Fig.1 Edward Collier active 1662–1707 Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’ 1696 Oil paint on canvas 838 x 1079 mm N05916

Fig.1
Edward Collier active 1662–1707
Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’
1696
Oil paint on canvas
838 x 1079 mm
N05916

This painting is in oil paint on canvas measuring 838 x 1079 mm (fig.1). The support is composed of a single piece of coarse, plain weave canvas (fig.2). The tacking edges were removed at some time in the past and there may be some reduction in the size of the canvas at the right edge.

Fig.2 X-radiograph of Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’

Fig.2
X-radiograph of Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’

The ground is a reddish brown colour. It is quite thickly applied. There does not appear to be a priming.

The painting has suffered considerable wear, particularly in the dark background (fig.3).

Fig.3 Infrared reflectograph of Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’ 1696

Fig.3
Infrared reflectograph of Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’ 1696

June 2004