Julia Poirier, Book and Paper Conservator at the Chester Beatty, will deliver a talk on the vibrant colour palette of Edo period Japanese prints, to accompany the newly opened exhibition, Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis, curated by Dr Mary Redfern.
Using prints from the Chester Beatty’s Collection, the evolution of the full-colour print in Japan will be discussed in depth, from the early black and white prints to the colour revolution that swept Japan in the early 1800s with the introduction of synthetic pigments and colours.
A better understanding of the chemistry of these delicate organic dyes and bright pigments, as well as an insight into their preparation methods and application to the page, will reveal conservation issues associated with their preservation.
The talk will be followed by a wine reception
Location: Lecture Theatre Chester Beatty