AN ART CLASS SPECIAL FEATURE FOR MEMBERS ONLY:
INTRODUCING
TREES AND HOW TO PAINT THEM IN WATERCOLOUR
BY
W.H.J. Boot
 
 
 
William Henry James Boot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W_H_J_Boot

William Henry James Boot (1848 – 7 September 1918) was an English oil
and watercolour artist, illustrator and author.

He was born in Manchester, England, going on to exhibit at the Royal Academy
in London and becoming a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).
He was also a member of The Arts Club, who listed him as a "painter and writer on Gothic architecture".

He painted landscapes in England, Europe and North Africa, and also provided illustrations for books (see below).

Illustrated books:
Boot, W H J. Trees and How to paint them in watercolours
(Cassell, 1883).
Mitford, Mary Russell. Our Village ( Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1879).
Walford, Edward. Greater London. A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places. Vol. 1 (Cassell & Co., 1883), pp frontispiece, 49.
Walford, Edward. Greater London. A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places. Vol. 2 (Cassell & Co., 1883),
Weston, James. A night in the woods and other tales and sketches
(Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., 1896).

Boot lived in London and married Emily who survived him (d. 1929). They were both buried in Hampstead.

Trees and How to paint them in watercolours BY BOOT W. H. J. (Cassell, 1883).

 





  SEVERAL YEARS AGO PROBABLY SOMETIME IN THE NINETIES, I PURCHASED THE ABOVE BOOK FROM A COLLECTOR ON EBAY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1883.

IT WAS A SECOND EDITION - DATE OF PRINTING I DON'T KNOW.
THE PAGES HAVE SUFFERED FROM SOME FOXING (BROWN AGE SPOTS) BUT THE COLOURED PLATES ARE IN INCREDIBLY GOOD CONDITION.

AS THE BOOK IS NOW OUT OF COPYRIGHT I SCANNED ALL OF THE PAGES AND PLATES AND PRESENT THEM TO YOU AS SCANNED -INCLUDING THE COVER WHICH IS NOT A DUST JACKET BUT AN EMBOSSED PSEUDO LINEN FINISH - THAT HAS THE LOOK OF AGE AND AUTHENTICITY.

IN TOTAL THERE ARE 27 PAGES OF TEXT INCLUDING TWO TITLE PAGES AND THREE END PAGES WHICH INCLUDE LISTS OF PUBLICATIONS FROM THE PUBLISHERS CASSELL AND COMPANY LIMITED. THERE ARE 18 COLOURED PLATES WHICH DO NOT HAVE ANY FOXING OR DISCOLOURATION.


THE SIX TREES SHOWN ARE:  THE OAK:  THE ELM:  THE ASH:
THE SCOTCH FIR:  THE WILLOW:  AND  THE BEECH.
DESCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR AS CLASSIC TREES OF ENGLAND


EACH TREE SHOWS THREE COLOUR SKETCHES (THE PLATES)
(1) THE BOLE OR TRUNK OF THE TREE WITH FOLIAGE OR (LEAFAGE)
(2) STAGE ONE PAINTING OF THE TREE.
(3) STAGE TWO PAINTING OF THE TREE.







   
    THE ORIGINAL LAYOUT OF TEXT PAGES AND COLOUR PLATES ARE NOT      EASY TO FOLLOW, AS THE PAGE CONTAINING THE DESCRIPTIVE TEXT
AND WOODCUT IMAGE RELATED TO EACH TREE,
ARE NOT ADJACENT TO THE TREE'S COLOUR PLATES.
( I have noticed before, in Victorian publications colour plates
are frequently bunched together )

THE LAYOUT OF THE PAGES ARE CLASSIC VICTORIAN,
THE STYLE OF WRITING IS UNMISTAKABLY VICTORIAN.
EACH TREE IS INTRODUCED BY THE AUTHOR AND SHOWS A WOODCUT DRAWING OF A SPRIG OF LEAVES FROM THE TREE, AND IS ALSO INITIALED BY THE ARTIST/AUTHOR.

THE FIRST SIX PAGES ARE AN INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR WHICH INCLUDES ADVICE ON MATERIALS, DRAWING TECHNIQUE AND APPLICATION.

ADVICE ON THE BEST PENCILS TO USE AND A SUGGESTED RANGE OF WATERCOLOURS TO USE.

LAYING OUT YOUR PALETTE AND THE TYPE OF PAINT BOX HE
PREFERRED IS ALSO INCLUDED.

TO HELP YOU TO NAVIGATE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE BOOK I WILL
BE ADDING A PAGE OF CONTENTS.

AN EXAMPLE OF THE CONTENT BELOW.
THE TITLE PAGE AND TWO OR THREE TEXT PAGES AND OF COURSE
AN EXAMPLE OF A TREE TRUNK/BOLE PAINTED BY THE AUTHOR.
CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING THE BOOK BELOW.






 

Issue CAL 04 Oct28 2015