London: Seeley and Co., Ltd, 1901. Third Edition Revised and Enlarged. 8vo. xx, 355 pp. Bibliography; Index. Color frontispiece depicting cobalt pigments. Beautifully bound by Zaensdorf in full blue morocco with gilt lettering and ruling; gilt dentelles; top edge gilt; deckle page edges. A fine copy. Item #20619
The author presents the materials and methods of the artist viewed mainly from the chemical standpoint, including the various kinds of painting grounds, the constituents of vehicles and varnishes, the pigments themselves, and the chief process of painting. Sir Arthur Herbert Church KCVO FCS (1834 – 1915) was a British chemist, expert on pottery, stones and chemistry of paintings, who discovered turacin in 1869 and several minerals, including the only British cerium mineral. He was also a talented artist and worked as a professor of chemistry at the Agricultural College in Cirencester and then at the Royal Academy of Arts. He wrote extensively on aspects of chemistry in agriculture, art, and daily life. As a painter of repute and an expert on the chemistry of paints, he was chosen for the restoration of paintings and frescoes in the Palace of Westminster.