The Painters' Encyclopedia; Containing Definitions of All Important Words in the Art of Plain and Artistic Painting ...

The Painters' Encyclopedia; Containing Definitions of All Important Words in the Art of Plain and Artistic Painting ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... There is one thing that may be said of New York, and that is, there is such a conglomeration of styles to be seen, that one can scarcely tell what is local and what has been taken from some other city. This is owing to the influx of letterers from all parts of the world, and particularly from Paris. The French letterers have made sad havoc with our lettering business, and although in some cases improvement is seen, as a rule, the standard is far below that recognized as national. The letters on a vehicle should be bold; that is, as free from fantastic twists and turns as possible, so that the hurried reader may comprehend at once its import. If one is obliged to stop a car to study out the lines of letters, before risking himself on a unknown journey, the "headway" of the road would be seriously interfered with. Therefore on such work the Gothic letter is extensively used. The painter knows this style better by the name of "Block," and he has the "Full Block" and "Half Block," plain or ornamented, to choose from. Then there is another style, called also by some "block," but the proper name of which is " Antique." These forms of letters have, of late years, been twisted into every conceivable shape so that their identity is almost lost. So great a number of styles present themselves that we forego all thought of illustrating them and will leave the reader to choose a style from the myriads of examples, while we describe how the work is done. The tools necessary for doing lettering are not numerous, and the whole outfit may be carried in the pocket, if need be. A palette (q. v.) may be made which folds together in halves, as shown in the engraving, by simply adding a pair of small...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798198
  • 9781236798190