James Tassie

James Tassie

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. James Tassie was a Scottish gem engraver and modeller. He was born of humble parentage at Pollokshaws, in Glasgow. During his earlier years he worked as a stonemason, but, having seen the collection of paintings brought together in Glasgow by Robert Foulis and Andrew Foulis, the printers, he removed to Glasgow, attended the academy which had been established there by the brothers Foulis, and became one of the most distinguished pupils of the school. Subsequently he visited Dublin in search of commissions, and there became acquainted with Dr Quin, who had been experimenting, as an amateur, in imitating antique engraved gems in coloured pastes. He engaged Tassie as an assistant, and together they perfected the discovery of an enamel, admirably adapted by its hardness and beauty of texture for the formation of gems and medallions. Dr Quin encouraged his assistant to try his fortune in London, and thither he repaired in 1766show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 122g
  • CIV
  • United States
  • English
  • 6133997036
  • 9786133997035