07 January 2009

The painter and varnisher's guide (1804)

Title: The painter and varnisher's guide, or, A treatise, both in theory and practice, on the art of making and applying varnishes, on the different kinds of painting (...)
Author: Pierre Fran├žois Tingry
Publisher: J. Taylor
Year: 1804
Pages: 540

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Table of contents (short version):


Chapter I. Historical account of the nature and properties of the substances which form the basis of varnishes, and of the external qualities by which the best kinds may be known

Chapter II. Of the fluids which serve as an excipient or vehicle to varnish, and tvhich painters denote by the improper name of solvents

Chapter III. General observations on varnishes; with a distribution of them into five genera, determined by their nature and state of consistence

Chapter IV. General observations and precepts respecting the preparation of varnish on a large scale. Description of an alembic with a balneum mariae, the use of which prevents all those accidents that frequently accompany the making of varnish

Chapter V. Observations on the influence which the solar light has to render essence of turpentine proper for the solution of copal, so as to compose a durable and colourless varnish


Chapter I. Historical account of the colouring substances used in painting, with a description of the processes employed to extract them, and of the methods of preparing or modifying them

Chapter II. Philosophical account of the origin of colours, applied to material colours, simple and compound; ivith a description of the processes which art employs to vary the number and richness of the tints resulting from a mixture of them

Chapter III. Of the extent which may be given to the use of the turpentine copal varnishes Nos. 18. and 22., by impregnating them with various solid colouring parts, transparent and proper for answering the purpose of glazing on metallic laminae, smooth ornamented; for imitating transparent enamel, and for repairing those accidents which frequently happen to enamelled articles

Chapter IV. Precepts respecting the application of varnishes, coloured or not coloured, which the artist or amateur ought always to keep in remembrance. Of the different kinds of painting. Of varnihes linen and silk

Chapter V. On painting in distemper. Sising. Composition of colours or distemper. Geeral precepts in regard to this branchof the art

Chapter VI. Of the instruments necessary in the art of varnishing. Observations on the use of some of them

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