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William Dean Notebooks

1874 -1878

Manuscript Collection Number: 195
Accessioned: Purchase, 1986.
Extent: 12 items (342 pp.)
Content: Autograph notebooks.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: April 1993 by Anita A. Wellner

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Biographical Note

William Dean was a graduate of Columbia University in 1855. In 1859 he became a law associate of Judge William Warburton Scrugham, in Yonkers, New York. His legal specialty was real estate, and for many years he provided legal counsel for Mutual Life Insurance Company. After his retirement he pursued his scientific, literary, artistic interests. He died on January 17, 1919 at the age of 85.

The topics of the notebooks in this collection indicate that two of Dean's interests were watercolor painting and the study of heraldry.

Source:

"William Dean." The New York Times. January 18, 1919. p.11.


Scope and Contents Note

The William Dean Notebooks is a collection of twelve small autograph booklets of notes, summaries, and transcriptions from numerous books and catalogues pertaining to watercolor painting or heraldry. Created during the 1870s or 1880s, the booklets are Dean's working notes on these two topics. Eleven of the booklets provide notes from books which describe the techniques for painting with watercolors. One booklet is comprised of notes from four different volumes on aspects of Heraldry. The collection also includes a one-page list of colors removed from Dean's copy of A Descriptive Handbook of Modern Water-colour Pigments by Taylor.

The William Dean notebooks were originally part of a University of Delaware Library acquisition which included art books from Dean's personal library. Several of these books have been transferred to the printed collections of Special Collections, and other books were added to the general stacks. A partial list of books from the Dean acquisition, in particular some of those books which were sources for Dean's notes, is included with this finding aid.

The notebooks are arranged alphabetically by title.


Contents List

Folder -- Contents

F1   "An Analysis of A Course of Water-colour Painting
     by R. P. Leitch," 1874 Sep 12
     Initialed by William Dean.  Includes an index.  10 pp.

F2   "A Brief Description of Water=Colour Paints Condensed
     From the Larger Memoranda," [n.d.]
     Material taken from books by Delamotte, Penley, Day,
     Barnard, Rowbotham, and Leitch.  Includes index.  26 pp.

F3   "A Family Index to: Heraldry, Ancient and Modern by Boutell
     and Aveling; Manual of Heraldry by Baigent and Russell;
     Introduction to Heraldry by Hugh Clark; and Elements of
     Heraldry by William H. Whitmore," [n.d.]
     26 pp.

F4   "Figure Painting Water=Colours, Memoranda," [n.d.]  
     6 pp.

F5   "List of Colours," [n.d.]
     1 p.

F6   "Memoranda of Water Colour Painting," [n.d.]
     Material taken from Penley, Barnard, Delamotte, Carmichael,
     Rowbotham, Leitch, Day, and Merrifield.  Includes an index. 
     36 pp.

F7   "Notes From Landscape Painting in Water-colours by George Barnard," 
     1878 Mar
     Bears Dean's initials on title page and cover.  Includes an
     index. 16 pp.

F8   "Qualities of Water=Colour Pigments," [n.d.]
     Material taken from Penley, Barnard, Rowbotham, Delamotte,
     Leitch, Merrifield, Day, Green, Carmichael, Whiteford,
     Martel, and O'Neill.  Includes an index.  175 pp.    

F9   "Scales of Tints For Painting Trees in Water=Colours
     From Trees and How to Draw Them by Philip H. Delamotte," [n.d.]
     Title page bears the stamp: "William Dean, Counsellor at
     Law."  5 pp.

F10  "Skies," [n.d.]
     Material taken from Carmichael, Penley, Rowbotham, Leitch
     and Our Sketching Club.  20 pp.

F11  "A Table of Water=Colours For Marine Painting," [n.d.]
     Material taken from Penley and Carmichael.  12 pp.

F12  "Trees and Foregrounds, Memoranda From Delamotte," [n.d.]
     9 pp.

F13  [Untitled], [n.d.]
     List of colors.  Originally laid in Dean's copy of J. Scott
     Taylor's A Descriptive Handbook of Modern Water-colour
          Pigments.



              Books from the William Dean Collection

The art of landscape painting in oil-colours.  New York:
     W. Schaus, [n.d.].  Instructions in oil painting.  With
     autograph notes by Dean.

Audsley, W. & G.  Guide to the art of illuminating and missal    
     painting.  16th edition.  London: George Rowney, 1876.  With
     20 pages of advertisement for products by George Rowney and
     Company.

Bielfeld, H.  A guide to painting on glass in oil and water
     colours.  London: George Rowney & Company, [n.d.].  3rd
     edition, entirely revised.  With 48 pages of advertisement
     for products by George Rowney & Company [n.d.].

Bradley, John Williams and Thomas G. Goodwin.  A manual of
     illumination on paper and vellum.  London: Winsor and
     Newton, 1860.  With Winsor and Newton catalogue at the end. 
     (Spec ND 3310 .B8 1860).

Bradley, John Williams and Thomas G. Goodwin.  A manual of
     illumination on paper and vellum.  21st edition.  London:
     Winsor & Newton, [ca. 1875].  With Winsor & Newton catalogue
     at the end.  (Spec ND 3310 .B8 1875)

Carmichael, J. W.  The art of marine painting in water-colours.
     [no. 5].  London: Winsor and Newton, 1859.  With List of
     colours and materials for drawing and water-colour painting,
     manufactured by Winsor and Newton [1859].

Day, Charles William.  The art of miniature painting: comprising
     instructions necessary for the acquirement of that art.  8th
     edition.  [no. 8].  London: Winsor and Newton, [1870].  With
     Winsor & Newton's list of water colours, drawing papers,
     water colour brushes, and materials for water colour
     painting.  (Spec ND 1330 .D35 1870)

Gilks, Thomas.  The art of wood engraving a practical handbook.
     3rd edition.  London: Winsor and Newton, 1871.  [no. 29]. 
     With Winsor and Newton's list of water colours, drawing
     papers, water colour brushes, and materials for water colour
     painting (1871).  

Goodwin, T.  The art of mural decoration.  4th edition.  London: 
     Winsor and Newton, 1880.  [no. 24].  With Winsor & Newton's
     list of colours and materials for water colour painting,
     pencil drawing, &c.

Green, Benjamin R.  A guide to pictorial perspective with
     numerous illustrations.  5th edition.  London: George
     Rowney and Company, [n.d.].  With 20 pages of advertisement
     for George Rowney & Co. products.

Green, N. E.  Hints on sketching from nature.  Part 1. 6th
     edition.  London: George Rowney, 1874.  With 20 pages of
     advertisement for George Rowney & Co. products.  

Green, N. E.  Hints on sketching from nature.  Part 2. 5th
     edition.  London: George Rowney, 1874.  With 20 pages of
     advertisement for George Rowney & Co. products.  

Green, N. E.  Hints on sketching from nature.  Part 3. 5th
     edition.  London: George Rowney, [1874].  With 20 pages of
     advertisement for George Rowney & Co. products.  

Gullick, Thomas J.  On animal drawing.  Barnard's Art Manuals.   
     London: J. Barnard & Son, 1866.  With J. Barnard and Son's Price catalogue
     of materials for water-colour painting, drawing, &c.

Halse, George.  The modeller: a guide to the principles and
     practice of sculpture for the use of students and amateurs. 
     London: George Rowney and Company, [n.d.].  With 20 pages of     
     advertisement for products by George Rowney and Company.

Hatton, Thomas.  Hints for sketching in water-colour from nature. 
     5th edition.  [no. 6].  With autograph notes by Dean. 
     London: Winsor and Newton, 1856.  With Winsor and Newton's
     list of colours and materials for drawing and water-colour
     painting. 

Hatton, Thomas.  Hints for sketching trees from nature.  4th
     edition.  London: G. Rowney, [186?].  With advertisement for
     G. Rowney products at end.  (Spec ND 2241 .H4 1860)

Hawkins, B. Waterhouse.  The artistic anatomy of cattle and      
     sheep.  [no.22]. 6th edition.  London: Winsor and Newton,
     Limited, 1885.  With Winsor & Newton's catalogue of colours
     and materials for water colour painting, pencil, chalk,
     architectural drawing, &c.

Hicks, G. E.  A guide to figure drawing.  3rd edition.  London: 
     George Rowney & Co., 1869.  With a 20 page advertisement for
     George Rowney & Co.'s "System of Grinding Colours by
     Machinery" and other products.

Laing, J. J.  A companion to Manual of illumination: containing
     borders, capitals, texts, and detail finishings, &c.  9th
     edition.  London: Winsor and Newton, [1871].   (Spec ND 3310.B82 1871).

Lewis, Henry.  The Principles of Perspective explained and
     applied, in a series of graduated exercises.  London: George
     Rowney & Co., [n.d.].  With 20 pages of advertisement for
     George Rowney & Co. products at the end. 

Martel, Charles.  The principles of colouring in painting.  8th
    edition.  With autograph notes by Dean.  London: Winsor and
    Newton, 1872.  With Winsor and Newton's list of water
    colours, drawing papers, water colour brushes....

Merrifield, Mary P.  Handbook of light and shade: with especial
     especial reference to model drawing.  5th edition.  London:
     G. Rowney & Co., [ca. 1880].  With advertisement for G.
     Rowney & Co. products at the end.  (Spec NC 755 .M4 1880)  

Merrifield, Mrs.  Practical directions for portrait painting in
     water-colours.  7th edition.  [no. 7].  With autograph notes
     by Dean.  London: Winsor and Newton, 1857.  With Winsor and
     Newton's List of colours and materials for drawing and
     water-colour painting.

Miles, Leonidas Clint.  A guide to sketching from nature in
     water colours.  London: G. Rowney, 1868.  With A list of
     colours and materials for sketching in water colour,
     manufactured by George Rowney & Company.  (Spec ND 2241 .M54
     1868)

Miles, Leonidas Clint.  Water-colour painting, theoretical and 
     practical with the art of sketching from nature.  London: J.
     Barnard & Son, [n.d.].  With J. Barnard and Son's Price
     catalogue of materials for water colour painting, drawing,
     etc. [n.d.].
Noble, R. P.  A guide to water colour painting.  13th edition.  
     London: G. Rowney and Company, 1874.  With advertisement for
     G. Rowney and Company products at the end.  (Spec ND 2135
     .N6 1874)

Penley, Aaron.  The elements of perspective: illustrated by 
     numerous examples and diagrams.  18th edition.  London:
     Winsor and Newton, 1870.  With Winsor and Newton
     advertisement at the end.  (Spec NC 750 .P4 1870)

Penley, Aaron.  The elements of perspective: illustrated by
     numerous examples and diagrams.  [no. 13].  London: Winsor &
     Newton, Limited, [n.d.].  With Winsor & Newton's catalogue
     of colours and materials for water colour painting, pencil,
     chalk, architectural drawing, &c. (1891).   

Rintoul, A. N.  A guide to painting photographic portraits,
     draperies, backgrounds, &c. in water colours, with concise
     instructions for tinting paper, glass, & daguerreotype
     pictures and for painting photographs in oil colours and
     photo-chromography.  7th edition.  London: J. Barnard & Son,
     [187-?].  With Price catalogue of materials for water colour
     painting, drawing, &c....by J. Barnard & Son [n.d.].

Robertson, H.R.  The art of etching explained and illustrated;
     with remarks on the allied processes of drypoint, mezzotint,
     and aquatint.  [no. 33].  London: Winsor & Newton, Limited,
     1883.  With Winsor & Newton's catalogue of colours and
     materials for water colour paining, pencil, chalk,
     architectural drawing, &c. (1883).

Rowbotham, Thomas.  The art of landscape-painting in water-
     colours.  14th edition. [no. 3].  With autograph notes by
     Dean.  London: Winsor and Newton, 1856.  With Winsor and
     Newton's list of colours and materials for drawing and
     water-colour painting.

Rowbotham, Thomas.  The art of sketching from nature.  20th
      edition.  [no. 2].  London: Winsor and Newton, 1856.  With
      Winsor and Newton's list of colours and materials for oil
      painting.  

Runciman, Mercy M.  Rules of perspective explained, illustrated,
     and adapted to practical use.  2nd edition.  [no. 35]. 
     London: Winsor & Newton Limited, [n.d.].  With Thibault's
     General remarks on linear perspective and Winsor & Newton's
     catalogue of colours and materials for water colour
     painting, pencil, chalk, architectural drawing, &c. (1888). 

Taylor, J. Scott.  A descriptive handbook of Modern Water-Colour
      Pigments.  4th edition.  London: Winsor and Newton, [n.d.]. 
      [no.43].  With Winsor & Newton's catalogue of colours and
      materials.  London: Winsor & Newton, 1888.

Templeton, J. S. and A. H. Wall.  The guide to miniature
     painting, and colouring photographs; with a few words on
     portrait painting in water colours.  8th edition.  London:
     George Rowney & Co., [n.d.].  With autograph notes by Dean. 
     With 48 pages of advertisement for George Rowney & Co.
     products at the end. 

Templeton, J. S.  A guide to oil painting.  Part I. Elementary.
     15th edition, revised.  London: George Rowney & Company,
     [n.d.].  Title page missing.  With autograph notes by Dean. 
     With 48 pages of advertisement for George Rowney & Company
     products at the end. 

Thibault, J. T.  General remarks on linear perspective adapted
     from the French of J. T. Thibault.  London: Winsor & Newton,
     Limited, [n.d.].  With Runciman's Rules of perspective and
     Winsor & Newton's catalogue of colours and materials for
     water colour painting, pencil, chalk, architectural drawing,
     &c (1888).

Wallis, Charles.  A dictionary of water-colour technique,
     principally adapted to the requirements of the landscape
     painter in water colours.  London: Winsor & Newton, Limited,
     1885.  2nd edition.  [no. 36].  With Winsor & Newton's
     catalogue of colours and materials for water colour
     painting, pencil, chalk, architectural drawing, &c (1885).

Warren, Henry.  Half-hour lectures on drawing and painting:
     chiefly practical given at Queen's College, &c.  3rd
     edition.  London: Winsor and Newton, 1876.  [no. 1].  With
     Winsor & Newton's list of colours and materials for water
     colour painting, oil colour painting, pencil drawing, &c.
     [1876].

Warren, Henry.  A treatise on figure drawing: containing hints
     on proportion, colour, and composition.  London: Winsor and
     Newton, 1871.  With Winsor and Newton's list of water
     colours, drawing papers, water colour brushes, and materials
     for water colour painting.  (Spec NC 765 .W34 1871).

Weigall, Charles H.  A guide to animal drawing, for the use of
     landscape painters.  7th edition.  London: George Rowney &
     Co., 1868.  With pages 3-20 of the advertisement section
     with products by George Rowney & Co.

Whiteford, S.T.  A guide to figure painting in water-colours
     with illustrations and brushwork.  London: George Rowney &
     Co., [n.d.].  With 20 pages of advertisement for products by
     George Rowney & Co.

Williams, W.  Transparency painting on linen: for decorative 
     purposes, panoramic and dioramic effects, ornamental blinds,
     &c.  5th edition.  London: Winsor and Newton, 1876.  With
     Winsor & Newton's list of colours and materials for water
     colour painting, oil colour painting, pencil drawing, &c. 
     (Spec ND 1573 .W 1876).




Numbers in brackets refer to the Winsor and Newton series: "One
shilling handbooks on art."

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