The character of this work is indicated by its title. The topics are treated with a view to technically instruct those who desire to make a study of the art of painting as practised in the paint-shops of this country.

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in all the statements made. The employment of engravings, wherever it was necessary to more fully explain the text, will be found to add greatly to the value of the work, while the many extended articles will, it is believed, be interesting even to those who read only for information on general topics.

The book is one easy of consultation, virtually a Cyclopedia, and readily distinguishable from a collection of scientific treatises.

The Author.