Photo-microscopy and the Identification of Micro-cissing

Under magnification, the final applications of thinly applied paint have a very fine beaded appearance. In the detail at right, the dark paint appears as tiny irregular dots along the outer edge of the iris. This fine beaded quality occurs in varying degrees throughout the painting. Furthermore, this beaded appearance is not unique to Worcester's Hogarths, but appears in many of his works. Recent research by the Tate Gallery and National Gallery of Art in London identified this phenomenon in paintings by Hogarth and his contemporaries, calling it micro-cissing.

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