Yale Center for British Art

Smith, John, 1647 or 1648-1727?

Smith's Art of house-painting : improved by Wm. Butcher : and including every particular relating to that useful art, with the best and most approved rules for preparing, mixing, and working, oil-colours, oil-cloth varnish and colour, milk-paint, &c. : the whole adapted to the meanest capacity, so as to enable any person to paint and grain, in oil-colours, all sorts of timber, or iron-work, in houses or ships : as gates, doors, posts, pales, palisadoes, and every thing that requires paint, whether for beauty or for preservation, from the influence of the weather; with the manner of painting window-transparencies, and other useful recipes.
Alternate Title(s):
Art of house-painting
The second edition, with additions.
London : Printed for R.H. Laurie, map, chart, and print seller, no. 53, Fleet Street, 1825.

London : Printed by J. Rider, Little Britain, [1825]

Physical Description:
iv, 36 pages ; 18 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Partly based upon the section dealing with 'vulgar' or house-painting that appeared in John Smith's The Art of Paynting in Oil (1676). It includes how graining in imitation of mahogany was produced: "first coat, white lead; second coat orange (with orange lead); the finished with burnt terra de Sienna, with a flat brush waving and imiating the veins as they run in any fine piece of mahogany."
Subject Terms:
House painting. | Varnish and varnishing. | Paint materials. | Workshop recipes.
Butcher, William. | Rider, John, printer. | Laurie, Richard Holmes, publisher.