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Thoughts on Painting, circa 1845

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: A
Call Number: MSS 15, Series II

Scope and Contents

Manuscript treatise, bound by hand. Mary Leslie declares, "I am going to lay before inexpeareanced [sic] thoughts on the subject of painting." It is likely that Mary created this piece while still a young child. She writes of her previous ignorance, looking at "those unatureal [sic] painters, Landsear [sic], Redgrave, Danby, and many others..." Mary goes on to praise Raphael for his lack of affectation, and then speaks warmly of Turner and Constable, writing that she has heard people say that "Constable painted, silver. Turner painted, Gold" [sic] as a way of comparing the two. She concludes by saying that she has other thoughts on the subject of painting, but they are difficult to write down.


  • circa 1845


Physical Description

8 leaves ; 18 x 22 cm. Sewn. Written in pen and brown/black ink with watercolor illustration.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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