Miniature Painters, British and Foreign; With Some Account of Those Who Practised in America in the Eighteenth Century Volume . 1

Miniature Painters, British and Foreign; With Some Account of Those Who Practised in America in the Eighteenth Century Volume . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...Siddons, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Joseph Bankes, William Pitt, etc., etc. Returning to the origin of Enamel Portraiture, as the term is generally understood, it is somewhat remarkable that the new method arose just as the older and decorative enamelling fell into decay. The credit of the discovery is given to Jean Toutin, a French goldsmith, who about 1632, produced a variety of colours capable of being laid upon a thin ground of white enamel and of being passed through the furnace with scarcely any change of tint. These opaque colours were applied upon the enamel ground in the same way as water-colours are laid on ivory or vellum. Metallic oxides lend themselves to endless combinations with glass, and the palette of an enamel painter is very rich; but all kinds of colours are not equally fusible, hence the artist must be thoroughly acquainted with the precise temperature required, and be able to judge most accurately the length of time that each will stand without melting too much and running one into the other. It is obvious how greatly the difficulties of portraiture, under such conditions, are enhanced. The method adopted is to place, usually on a gold plate, a thin ground of enamel, then the hardest vitrifiable colour, then the less hard, and so on. When the delicacy of the process and the risk of failure which attends every step are considered, the results attained by Toutin and his pupils are remarkable, and especially so in the case of Petitot, whose name stands above them all, and to whom the next chapter is devoted. Jean Petitot S I have already remarked, one of the greatest names in all miniature art is Petitot, and he it was who adapted enamel painting to portraiture with such marvellous success that while some of his portraits are no...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577434
  • 9781236577436