Richard A. Gregory: Notebook Entry for July 18, 1939

Gregory documents that a dark room was constructed to facilitate filming on the northern tympanum wall in Hagia Sophia.

From Richard A. Gregory: "Note-book No. 2: Notes and Observations Taken at St. Sophia" [MSBZ004-02-01-177]

Tuesday. July. 18th

North Tympanum Wall, Recess. No. 4.

Reset the gold tessellae that were removed to allow setting of invisible cramp, and now completed the cramping of the weak area at right of the Upsilon in Chrysostom. 13 tessellae had been taken out, and they were re-set in the following manner. First the plaster was smoothed with a chisel, and then the tracing of each tessellae was transferred on to the surface of the plaster. Each tessellae was then replaced as the plaster was cut away to fit its position, and temporarily set with plaster and a great amount of borax. When all tessellae had finally been set, the interstices were cleaned of the plaster and borax so that neat plaster could be replaced and so hold to-gether the mosaics. This then set hand, and one cannot see any noticable disturbance of the tessellae except for white new plaster set in the interstices continued then to remove some more of the cover plaster, and completely revealed section 9. A sigma was revealed in this section, and now completes the inscription at left hand side, it now reading IOANNIS.
Also the top part of decoartive ground of panel was revealed, and is of 4 rows of silver tessellae, set paralell to the gold of the ground. Condition continues to be good, and no cramping is needed. The lower part of tracing on the Angel, South of Soffit Arch, was completed to-day, and now continue to trace upper section. M. Kluge is already at work on this upper section, but E. Hangst as just finished below - so will now be on the upper section.
G. H. Flockton commenced to put up a cover for the North Tympanum Wall scaffolds, so as to form dark room in which movie photography of the mosaics there will be taken.

 

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