The Art Of The Marbler

1970 , Grantchester (Cambridgeshire)

A Bedfordshire County Council Film featuring the craftsmen and women at work at the Cambridgeshire firm, Douglas Cockerell & Son, in particular focusing on the art of designing marble paper.

A film produced for the 1970 Society of Archivists' Conference, and featuring the craft of making marble paper, by the Cambridgeshire firm, Douglas Cockerell & Son. Footage of Sydney Cockerell’s Grantchester home and marble paper business. Commentary introduces Sydney Cockerell, and long-standing employee, William Chapman, also detailing how, and why, the business was founded. Mr William Chapman, an employee for forty years, demonstrates how each individual marble design is produced, using specific equipment, paint, and marbling tools. Commentary accompanies the visual demonstration inside the workshop, and describes the process step-by-step. Commentary also explains the science behind the marbling treatment, contemporary uses of the marble papers, and history of the art of marbling. Finally, footage of the other craftsmen and women, with commentary, demonstrating the firm’s other activities of paper conservation and bookbinding. Please note that this film ends abruptly.

Featured Buildings

Exterior view of Kings College Cambridge, view from the back lawn. Sydney Cockerell’s Grantchester home, the location of the marble paper business, Douglas Cockerell & Son

Keywords

Book binding; Conservation; Marbling; Wallpaper

Other Places

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Manifestations

The Art Of The Marbler

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    Barcode
    INV230079
    Canonical Identifier
    1999/69
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
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    Duration
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