Canvas Supports and Grounds in Paintings by C.W. Eckersberg

Troels Folke Filtenborg, Cecil Krarup Andersen

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The supports and grounds in 43 paintings on canvas by C.W. Eckersberg, dating from throughout his career, were investigated by visual examination, X-radiography, computer assisted automated thread counting and weave mapping, as well as by cross section analysis. The analytical data were complemented by written sources such as Eckersberg’s diaries, accounts and letters. The results show certain patterns in his practice and are discussed in relation to the varying locations and conditions in successive phases of his career and in view of contemporary paint technical treatises and circumstances such as Danish nineteenth-century customs regulations. Preservational implications of Eckersberg’s choice in supports and grounds are considered briefly.
Translated title of the contributionLærreder og grunderinger i malerier af C.W. Eckersberg
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudying the European visual arts 1800-1850 : paintings, sculpture, interiors and art on paper
EditorsJoyche H. Townsend, Abbie Vandivere
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherArchetype Publications Ltd.
Publication date20 May 2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-909492-52-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2017
EventTechnology and Practice: Studying the European Visual Arts 1800-1850 - Nationalmuseet, Københavm, Denmark
Duration: 15 Jun 201616 Jun 2016


ConferenceTechnology and Practice
SeriesCATS Proceedings
NumberIII, 2016

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