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Source Image: PR821_02_09 of New York State Capitol building

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Description

Distinct phases of carving floral decoration.

Monument
New York State Capitol building 
Monument Type
Architecture 
Material(s)
 
Date
circa ad 1880 - circa ad 1899 
Keywords
Block DivisionCentre pointFoliage  
Collections
New York State Capitol  

Location

Current Location
Albany 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Medium
Description
The rough marks of the point chisel are clear in between the decorative floral bosses. These marks also shows that the background was done after the decorative element.

Notes

In this image the stages of work that went into finishes these bosses can be seen. From right to left, the form of the design was first roughly sketched, then initially shaped, before refined further and then finished. The unfinished nature of the sculpture is due to then newly elected governor of New York State refusing to provide budget approval to anything other than the construction of the building.

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