Painted Cloths; A Pretty Slight Drollery

A delightful discovery, this illustrated essay on the history of painted cloths*, from Tudor times to the present.
Nicholas Mander, the author, has a unique inside view of the materials and background of paints; his family's business for generations, Manders Paints, is described in interesting detail here.

link Nicholas Mander's essay on the history of painted cloths

link Nicholas Mander's history of Manders Paints and Inks Company great description of the factory and care taken in the manufacture of paints, from the late 1700s.

link Owlpen Manor "OWLPEN has long been recognised as one of England's most romantic manor houses. In 2006 it was voted one of finalists in the Country Life - Savills award for "England's Favourite Manor House".
The Tudor manor (1450-1616) stands with its early formal garden of magnificent yews at the centre of a clutch of medieval landmark buildings. Many are now adapted as quite exceptional award-winning Cotswold holiday cottages. "

*As You Like It
ACT III, SC.ii ]
Orl. Not fo: but I answer you right painted cloath, from whence you have ftudied your queftions.

267 painted cloath ] CAPELL : In the painted Cloth Style. i.e briefly and pithily.
Tapestries are improperly call'd painted cloths: therefore the cloths here alluded to seem rather those occasional paintins that were indeed done upon cloth, i.e. linnen or canvas; and hung out by the citizens ... via google

photos from www.owlpen.com


Ziska said...

This is *fantastic*! Thanks.

Kim said...

The photos on his site are tantalizing; I looked in vain on the web to see if I could find any larger versions.
It would make a great itinerary to visit all these places.

SLK said...

I read that article - definitely a lot of fascinating and obscure information. I would like to learn more about the methods (and see larger images!) but I suspect you're right; the only way to do that would be a tour! Interesting how painted cloths helped transition from panel to canvas as a popular painting surface.

Lynne Rutter said...

excellent! thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. triple wow!