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Wu, Robert (Bookbinder)

Purple peacock.

Toronto, 2018.
Physical Description:
1 sheet : marbling ; image 52 x 35 cm, on sheet 61 x 46 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2012 1h
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Neale Albert, Yale JD 1961, and Margaret Albert
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
With the artist's monogram, stamped in red ink, at lower right.
Inscribed in graphite: To Neale Albert RW '18.
Title from artist's website.
The reverse bears three pieces of stamped text, all in black ink. One briefly describes the marbling process, the second gives the name and address of Studio Robert Wu, the third describes the process ("The original fine hand 'Marbled Graphics' TM ...").
The image is a stylized depiction of a peacock. The head, neck, and crest are in black ink; the eye in gold. The peacock's voluminous plumage is rendered patterned with marbling, in inks of purple, gold, blue, and pink.
"Marbling is an ancient art of floating colours onto a bath of liquid gelatine. Combs and rakes are used to manipulate the colours into patterns. A sheet of chemically treated paper is then laid onto the surface to transfer the colours/image. Once transferred, the bath is cleaned and you would need to repeat the process for the next sheet of paper. Thus, each print is unique and original."--Artist's description of Purple peacock, from studiorobertwu.com (accessed September 17, 2019).
Subject Terms:
Marbled papers -- Specimens.
Marbling (Bookbinding)
Marbled papers.
Collection of Margaret and Neale Albert (Yale Center for British Art)

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