The compleat gentleman fashioning him absolute in the most necessary & commendable qualities concerning minde or bodie that may be required in a noble gentleman. By Henry Peacham, Mr. of Arts sometime of Trinity Coll: in Cambridge.
Peacham, Henry, 1576?-1643?, Delaram, Francis, 1589 or 90-1627, engraver.

Of sundry Greenes in Oyle.

For a deepe and sad Greene, as in the in-most leaues of trees, mingle Indico and Pinke.

For a light Greene, Pinke and Masticot: for a middle and Grasse-greene, Verdigreace and Pinke.

Remember euer to lay on your Yellowes, Blewes, Reds, and Greenes, vpon a white ground which giueth them their life.

To make cleane your Pencils, rub Soape hard into them, and lay them by a while, after wash them in warme water.

To make cleane your grinding stone and Mullar, rub it ouer with crums of bread.

Page  117To keepe your Colours from drying in the heate of Summer, set them in the bottome of a bason of water.

If you would get farther experience, acquaint your selfe with some of our excellent Masters about London, where there are many passing iudicious and skilfull.

The onely and most esteemed Peece in the world for Iudgement and Art, is the battaile (commonly called, the Battaile of Doomes day) fought in the night be∣tweene Slym the first, Emperour of the Turkes, and Ish∣mal Sophi King of Persia. It is a night peece done by Bellino, the famous Venetian Painter, by the commande∣ment of Slym, after his victorie, and sent as a present to the Duke and State of Venice, where it yet hangeth in their Counsell Chamber.

There is likewise a very rare and admirable peece in And warpe, done by a Blacksmith vpon this occasion. This Smith falling in loue with a Painters Daughter, (who vowed neuer to marrie any, but of her fathers profession) gaue ouer his Trade of a Smith, and sell to painting some foure or fiue yeares: in which time, the hope of gaining a faire maid guiding his hand, hee be∣came so cunning, that he not onely obtained his Wench, but a masse of wealth by his Pencill; there being offe∣red for this one peece alone, seauen thousand Crownes. It hangeth in one of the great Churches there, S. Georges or our Ladies, I remember not well which. But thus much of Drawing and Painting in generall.

Now it shal not be amisse, for the aduancement of this excellent skill, which none can loue or admire more then my selfe (that I may omit the liues of the ancient Grae∣cian and Romane Painters) to come neerer our times, and acquaint you with the best Masters Italy alone hath affoorded.