Great Lakes

Painters’ Colours, Oils, and Varnishes: A Practical Manual, George H. Hurst, 1906, Charles Griffin and Company Limited

The title page of this lovely book has that most inviting of phrases, “with numerous illustrations”. And so it does.

Artist’s books are a fun genre—like medical books, the older they are the more fascinating I find them. I’m surely not alone in finding poetry in the crisp, confident presentation of information to be found in pages like these. “A very fine lake is made in the following manner…” It makes me want to drop what I’m doing and set off in search of raw pigments to grind.

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