Technical Description of the Montagny Album of Drawings

Mary Reinsch Sackett

The album (43.5 x 27.6 cm) is comprised of 89 bound leaves.  The cover is made of full limp vellum over boards with faint brown manuscript inked spine lettering at the upper portion of the spine.The paste downs, fly leaves and text paper are the same off white colored medium weight laid paper with chain lines running vertically. The signatures are sewn with natural colored rough jute-like cord at three stations with a kettle stitch on either end. There are end bands also in same rough natural colored cord. The text paper is used as a support on which other drawings have been cut from their original formats and adhered. The front paste down is blank. There is no front fly leaf. There is no title page. The back paste down has a pencil and ink sketch on medium weight off white colored laid paper adhered. The verso of the last page is blank.

In a few instances there is a drawing on the text support paper that appears to correspond with the adjacent drawing. The drawings are primarily in pencil and brown ink media and, in some cases, there is added color in chalk-like applications. The drawings are always mounted on the recto pages of the sketchbook. Many of the verso pages also have adhered drawings. The papers on which the drawings are made is a variety of various off white colors and weights of laid, wove and transparent light weight, tan colored tracing paper, and also  blue colored laid and wove paper. Some of the adhered drawings over lap other adhered items on the page. Many of the drawings are unevenly trimmed, have their original deckled edges, appear to have been torn from other sketch books, or have rough-torn edges. Most of the drawings are adhered with dabs if adhesive in the corners and midway down the longer edges, though some are adhered with the adhesive applied to the entirety of all edges.