Unravelling the technique of double-sided painted silk banners through the characterisation of five Kenning examples of Glasgow Museums Collection

Sánchez Villavicencio, Daniel (2023) Unravelling the technique of double-sided painted silk banners through the characterisation of five Kenning examples of Glasgow Museums Collection. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis presents technical art historical research on five Kenning banners of Glasgow Museums Collection, manufactured by the London-based companies of George Kenning, and George Kenning & Son between the years 1883 and 1917. Trade union and society banners are important and representative objects of British socio-political culture. However, their often-unknown historical context and limited understanding of the materials and methods used in their making complicate their interpretation and conservation, preventing several existent banners from being easily available for study and display.

The historical contextualisation of the five Kenning banners of Glasgow Museums Collection allows for the temporal situation and distinction of the banners, the societies that had them commissioned, and the companies that manufactured them. It also shows how they have developed from a long tradition of painting on silk dating back to Cennino Cennini’s fourteenth-century manuscript, with further descriptions found in seventeenth and eighteenth-century European sources, as well as nineteenth and early twentieth-century American manuals for sign painters. These sources reveal the basis for their manufacturing technique, which has not yet been studied in the context of British trade union and society banners.

The technical examination conducted on the five Kenning examples of Glasgow Museums Collection characterises the materials employed in the banners’ production from the two companies. The results are used to produce historically informed reconstructions, which aids in the understanding of the original manufacturing technique. In doing so, this study gives continuity to the previous research on British trade union and society banners and offers a holistic approach to continue with their study in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: This work was supported by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología CONACYT (the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology), scholarship reference 327134/472757; Banco de México, trustee of the National Federal Government in the trust Fondo para el Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos FIDERH (Fund for the Development of Human Resources), student loan No. 1711110612; the College of Arts Graduate School of the University of Glasgow through the Research Support Award 2018/19; the University of Glasgow Crisis Grant 2020 and Hardship Fund 2021; and Glasgow City Council, Scottish Welfare Fund Self Isolation Grant Reference Number: LWA8320888.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Supervisor's Name: Young, Professor Christina, Thompson, Mrs. Karen and Garside, Mr. Paul
Date of Award: 2023
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2023-83913
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2023 14:28
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 14:41
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.83913
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/83913

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