Woman in mountain scene

Scope and Content

Enlarged black and white photograph of a young woman [Kathleen Courtney] standing next to a very large boulder, in a mountainous scene, with snow on the rocky ground behind her, and a mountain range in the distance. She is wearing a long, heavy dark skirt, white shirt and tie, and a wide brimmed hat. Printed on paper, with a fold line down the centre. The image is slightly over-exposed, with high contrasts between dark and light.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Poor condition. Obvious fold line down the centre, which has broken the surface, and is now quite weak. A number of tears, creases and abrasions along the edges and corners. Slightly yellowed, extensive mirroring. Foxing visible from both sides (more pronounced on the reverse), and has caused dull patches on the image. One circle (approx 6 mm across) top right quarter, where the image has disappeared leaving white, caused by damp, with some brown discolouration on the reverse. Overall quite delicate, needs a conservation assessment. Possibly continuing to degrade. Extensive treatment needed. Production method: gelatin silver print.