Timothy David Mayhew has spent over four decades researching the history and unique nature of the traditional drawing materials and techniques used by European master artists from the 11th century to the 19th century. In 1995 he began a series of annual lectures and study days on these materials and techniques at Harvard University, which continues to the present.

Mayhew has published his research in several manuscripts, which detail the historical use, chemical analyses, field emission scanning electron microscopic images, and many other important attributes of the unique traditional drawing materials and techniques used by European master artists in this time period.

For more information on traditional drawing materials and techniques, the following is a list of Mayhew’s published works, which are available online from their publishers:


Natural black chalk in traditional old master drawings. Mayhew, T. D., et al. 2010. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), Volume 49: 83-95.

   
Steatite and calcite natural white chalks in traditional old master drawings. Mayhew, T. D., et al. 2012. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), Volume 51, Number 2.



   
Natural yellow chalk in traditional old master drawings. Mayhew, T. D., et al. 2014. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), Volume 53, Number 1.



   
Natural red chalk in traditional old master drawings. Mayhew, T. D., et al. 2014. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), Volume 53, Number 2.



 

 

Dessin au fusain: Nineteenth century French charcoal drawing materials and techniques. Mayhew, T. D. 2016. In, Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints, edited by L. Hendrix. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Press. 124-152.



   

Mayhew was a consultant on the 2016 exhibition, Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints, at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He wrote its catalogue chapter, Dessin au fusain: Nineteenth century French charcoal drawing materials and techniques, and provided the materials for a didactic display case of traditional 19th century French drawing materials for the exhibition.

In 2019, he consulted on The Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings entitled, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master, which included a didactic display case of traditional 14th to 16th century drawing materials on loan from his collection.

To see drawings by Timothy David Mayhew, which are done in a variety of traditional old master drawings materials, follow this link: drawings.