This ink drawing on paper by Frederic Remington had been improperly framed. As a result the artwork exhibited severe acidic burning in the image area from the mat as well as adhesive and paper residue at the bottom margin where the mat had been adhered directly to the front of the artwork. These acid and adhesive stains are damaging to the artwork and have a negative effect on the visual impact of the piece.
To conserve this artwork, first all pigments were tested for solubility to ensure the stability of the artwork. The drawing was then gently surface cleaned to remove any superficial dirt. The glue residue and paper fiber were removed by humidifying the artwork to dissolve the adhesive. The dark, acidic staining were cleaned on a cold suction vacuum table. The artwork was then rinsed and dried under weight.