Theorem Painting
Theorem Painting
Theorem Painting

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Theorem Painting
1840's

Another of those crafts that leisured ladies had time for. I think this must have been for curtain edging because of the length. Very attractive and nice to have an example. I have quite a few of these in various lengths. Field, June Collecting Georgian & Victorian Crafts p 70-73 Painting on velvet was another decorative fancy of the 1800's. Originally done free-hand but then with stencils, theorems of formulas, as all the work was theorematical. Flowers and fruit in baskets were the most popular. The earliest book on the craft was probably J W Alston's Hints to Young Practioners in the Study of Landscape Painting 1804. Instruction in the Art of Painting on Velvet was added to a new edition a year later. The stencils were cut from horn paper which was made by coating ordinary drawing paper with linseed oil, then brushing it with turpentine or varnish. The stencil was placed on the material and the open parts were covered with paint. The paint, of creamy consistency, was applied with a stiff brush. The detail work was done with India ink and a fine sable brush. Painting on velvet was very popular in America and many examples can be seen in the UK at the American Museum at Claverton Manor, Bath. By 1830 Godey's Lady's Book was referring to painting on velvet as Oriental Tinting or Poonah Work, perhaps because the snub nosed brush was called a poona. The Young Ladies' Journal Complete Guide to the Work Table 1885 gave full instructions for the painting.

Description

or stencil painted on cotton velvet with a variety of flowers including full blown roses, sweet pea, harbells, anenomes all in shades of pink, blue, mauve, soft brown and green, on a natural coloured ground, 71 x 7 1/4 in; 180 x 18 cm w I have quite a lot more lengths. Please enquire.

Condition

The colours have changed slightly, as has the backing velvet. A little spotting toone end.

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