On Varnish

“In this year I exhibited with the Society of Painters in Oil and Water Colors at Spring-Gardens, having joined the society in consequence of the new arrangement to admit oil pictures. The Society consisted of the Old Members of the original Water-Color Society with John Varley a prominent member but others taking the lead particularly Glover who painted much in oil and got large prices for that time. He induced me to use oil copal varnish from which beginning it was soon adopted by Mulready, Collins and others”.

John Linnell’s Autobiographical notes, f.49

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