The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The painter., p. 66
66 F THE PAINTER. I I The common Painter is generally joined with a Plumber and Glazier; but a person who paints portraits, landscapes, animals, historical pieces, sea pieces, shipping, &c. is properly distinguished by the name of all Artist. Some painters have peculiar talents for one department, and some for others; but it rarely happens that one man excels in more than one or two. A portrait painter, in oil colours, is frequently an historical pain- ter; but an artist, who paints in miniature, is often unacquainted with any other part of the profession. Each department requires different knowledge. The implements made use of in this art are a stone and a muller, to grind the colours: an operation which is sometimes performed with oil and some- times with water; hence the distinction be- tween painting in oil and painting in water- colours. A palette and palette knife are required; likewise pencils, or brushes made of camel's hair, badger's hair, or hog's bristles. Also, in order for the painter to rest his right hand and keep it steady, he should have a stick about a yard long, with cotton or wool tied up in soft leather round the end to pre- vent its scratching the picture. The canvass is placed on a wooden frame.
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