Posted 5 years ago
As a practicing Artist, here I return to my first love: Drawing; the foundation (I believe) of all good visual art.
For my practice, belief in, and promotion of fine drawing I was honoured by being nominated and elected to the professional drawing body; The Society Of Graphic Fine Art (London); Which has been "home" to many notable British Artists since it's inception in 1919:
This box is from my personal collection of functional and used artist's equipment, and means a great deal to me!
It is the:
"GEORGE ROWNEY & CO.S STUMPING PALLETTE BOX for DRAWING SCHOOLS & CLASSES":
It dates from early to mid 20th C. It is made from untreated Teak and has a felt pad on the flat lid to wipe the dust from your charcoal, graphite stick or pencil.
Amongst the original contents, which I try not to use; are: Charcoal sticks wrapped in tissue, a glass vial of graphite or charcoal dust sealed with a cork, a brass charcoal & stump holder, stumps and "tortillions". The latter are tightly wound sticks of paper that are "sharpened" at one end for blending your charcoal marks on the paper for highlights and shadow (Chiaroscuro):
As you can see; George Rowney* very kindly provided a thumb hole in the bottom of the box so it can be used as a pallette. This pallette has not been made for many decades and is becoming increasingly rare and very collectable!
* Founded 1783 and still producers & suppliers of arguably the finest artist's equipment in England/Europe: