Without wishing to derogate from the merit of others, or retaining to
myself the exclusive ability of vending the purest wax and the best of
other articles to be used in obtaining a faithful representation of
nature, I think it necessary to state, that I offer to the public
materials only of the very best quality; consequently, I take the prices
of other persons' goods as no criterion or standard for mine. The wax is
manufactured under my own immediate superintendence; soft, and perfectly
dull on one side. It is sufficiently opaque of itself not to require
being painted on the wrong side for white flowers, which is the case
with common wax. I likewise prepare wax, called "double wax," it is
twice as thick as the ordinary wax. When the single wax is used double,
the two shining sides should be placed together. It has sheets of tissue
paper placed between it to keep each sheet of wax smooth and straight (a
great advantage,) for when this is not done (though the wax may be
good), the edges are often wrinkled, and a great deal of waste is the
THE COLOURS--eleven in number, submitted for sale on my counters, 160,
161, 162, 163, Soho Bazaar, are of the very best quality, and ground
down particularly fine in spirits. I recommend saucers instead of a flat
pallet, as it is not necessary to use up at once all the colour that is
mixed; and by keeping each colour distinct in separate saucers, much
waste is prevented.
Twelve brushes are indispensable; each to be confined to the use of one
colour. Two small sable brushes are for veining, as in geraniums.
The large ivory pin is required for the Victoria Regia, water-lily, and
other large flowers.
The two smaller pins are to be used for similar purposes, on flowers of
The cake colours are never to be used alone, but rubbed down with the
powder, as will be shown in my instructions for mixing colours.
The large white wire is to be used as stems for flowers, such as dahlia,
The second and finest white wire to support the petals.
The green wire, Nos. 1 and 2, are for stems of various flowers.
The square pieces of marble are of great utility in rolling fine
filaments, or rays, for the various kinds of passion flowers. It is a
much quicker and cleaner method than rolling them with the fingers.