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Mr. Taylor's method of coloring.

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Mister Taylor's method of coloring

Ryde, Isle of Wight, Sept. 1838.
Physical Description:
1 folded sheet (1 page) ; 24 x 38 cm, folded to 24 x 19 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
ND2420 .T83 1838 Box
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
H.L. Mallalieu's Dictionary of British watercolour artists up to 1920 (Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, c2002), includes the following entry: "Taylor, J.W. A painter living in Ryde, Isle of Wight. He was elected N.W.S. [New Society of Painters in Watercolours] in 1834, but was dropped from the Society in 1837 because a rheumatic fever had rendered his right hand useless."
The manuscript appears to be a student's crib-sheet on watercolor painting technique, according (perhaps) to his or her teacher's method. The teacher is probably J.W. Taylor, of Ryde, active 1834-1837. The creator of the manuscript is unidentified.
Full transcription: "Mr Taylors Method of colouring. Ryde, Sept 1838. After making the sketch, the paper is to be wetted all over. Then put in cobalt. Taking more care of the shape of the white left than of the color put in. A little Madder mixt towards horizon. Ground tinted with Vandyke brown foreground, Middle yellow ochre. [Table:] Colors: Blue, Red, Yellow. Distance: Cobalt, Madder, Ochre. Foreground: Indigo, Lake, Sienna gamboge. Middle: Cobalt, Madder, Sienna. Middle trees tinted: Indigo, bt Sienna. Near ditto: gamboge, Indigo, bt Sienna. Touching of ground: gamboge, indigo, bt Sienna. Clouds touched: cobalt, Madder, ochre. All blue of distance + Middle: cobalt. Foreground-Earth: Indigo, Lake, bt Sienna. Herbage of d[itt]o: gamboge, bt Sienna, Indigo. Water d[itt]o: in shade, Indigo, Vandyke brown."
Subject Terms:
Landscape painting -- Study and teaching.
Landscape painting -- Technique.
Paint mixing.
Taylor, J. W., active 1834-1837.
Watercolor painting -- Study and teaching.
Watercolor painting -- Technique.
Taylor, J. W., active 1834-1837.

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