The Quarterly No. 45 - January 2003


Michelangelo's Mourning Woman: The Rediscovery of a Forgotten Drawing- Camilla Baskcomb, Peter Bower and Julian Stock

This article describes the discovery of, and subsequent investigations into, a drawing, in ink and lead white on paper, found in an album at Castle Howard, Yorkshire. The drawing is a relatively early work by Michelangelo that had somehow lost its identity and ended up mounted in an album with other drawings in the late nineteenth century. Included are comprehensive details of the techniques and results of the examination of the drawing and an appendix of backing papers and mounts used during the eighteenth century.

12 pages, illustrated


Paper Mills on the Upper Axe in North Somerset - Brian Luker

Short article clarifying the paper making story of the mills on the first four miles of the river Axe in North Somerset. At various times there were twelve mills on this stretch of river, six of which were at some time paper mills.

1 page, table


Olive & Partington, Papermakers of Glossop, part two - Richard Hills

Continuation of this companies involvement in papermaking, including the development of sulphite chemical wood pulp and the Barrow Chemical Wood Pulp Company. The partnership also owned Turn Lee and Dover Mills, details of the machinery and papers produced are given for the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. In 1943 one of the spherical boiling pans at Turn Lee exploded, full details of which can be found in The Quarterly No. 8.

7 pages, illustrated


Coloured Papers - Peter Bower

The colour and tone of any sheet of paper is dependant upon many variables. This article details the various methods of obtaining colour in paper and goes on to examine, and illustrate, the colours produced by the use of various dyes when using different pulp and raw material types.

4 pages, illustrated


The Cambridge Papers (part one)

The History of a Dandy Roll - Alan Crocker

The dandy roll presses on wet paper near the end of the machine, closing up the fibres and may also be used to impress patterns and watermarks into the surface of the paper. This article provides an account of the history of a dandy roll manufactured in 1951, details of modifications during its working life, and how it ended up in the hands of the author. Details of the technical aspects involved in the construction of the roll are also provided.

5 pages, illustrated


Conservation of the Burton Constable Moving Picture Device- Stephen Allen

Details of the examination and conservation of what had been described as "an eighteenth century erotic device made of paper, wood and metal". The object consists of a wooden frame holding 28 vertical wooden struts with paper strips of prints attached to them. By rotating a key shaft each of six pictures could be viewed in turn. The article gives a comprehensive account of the conservation work involved in the taking apart and reconstruction of the object.

5 pages, illustrated


The Paper Record: Phormium Tenax and New Zealand Papermaking - Dr Sidney J Shep

A comprehensive account of how the discovery of the wide range of applications for which flax was utilised by the Maori led to its development as a papermaking fibre during the nineteenth century. Much effort and finance was expended in attempting to develop the use of the fibre commercially, but the enterprise was eventually abandoned owing to lack of government initiatives and difficulties in extracting the fibre. However, it is still utilised by hand papermakers, with the papers used by fine letterpress printers, hand bookbinders and makers of artists books.

15 pages, illustrated