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The artist's assistant : oil painting instruction manuals and handbooks in Britain, 1800-1900 : with reference to selected eighteenth-century sources / Leslie Carlyle.

Carlyle, Leslie.
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London : Archetype Publications, 2001.

Physical description

xviii, 589 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm


A revised version of her 1991 doctoral thesis: "A critical analysis of artists' handbooks, manuals and treatises on oil painting published in Britain between 1800-1900."
Copy 1, is the 2002 reprint.


Introduction : sources -- Part I Materials : oils and driers -- Fixed or drying oils -- Processing of oils -- Driers -- Part II Materials : resins and varnishes -- Oil varnishes -- Spirit varnishes -- Part III Materials : mediums and oil paint -- Vehicles and mediums -- Solvents and diluents -- oil paint and pigments -- Part IV Materials : grounds and supports -- Grounds -- Painting supports -- Part V Painting methods : systems and application -- Systems of painting -- Paint application -- Final varnishing -- Part VI The durability of nineteenth-century paintings -- The anticipation of change in materials -- Responsibility for the quality of artists' materials.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-336) and index.



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