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to the Exhibit of

Lida and M. J. Clarkson's
July 1891 and June 1892 articles

Scorch Work
Scorch Work—Now Better Known as Pyrography

in their column entitled


in Ingalls' Home and Art Magazine

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Two segments: Scorch Work and Scorch Work—Now better known as Pyrography
by Lida and M. J. Clarkson
From their column "Brush Studies"

Adapted from Ingalls' Home and Art Magazine, Vol. IV, No 45, July 1891, pp. 365–366 and
Vol. V, No. 56, June 1892, pp. 322–324.

Published by J. F. Ingalls, Lynn, Mass.

Exhibited here are two article segments—from July 1891 and June 1892—by Lida and M. J. Clarkson from their feature column "Brush Studies" for Ingalls' Magazine. It seems pyrography was already getting a lot of attention by the early 1890's.

In the second of these two articles, the name of that "clever English woman" Maud Maude came up once again. At this early date, she had already made a name for herself thanks to her little handbook on pyrography that first came out in 1891. The designs in this article are attributed to her, too; however, in reality the designs for her books were done by William Freeman.

Because of the early dates, the terminology was still in the formative stages, and the word 'pyrography' was not yet completely known or even quite popular yet. In 1888, we saw the article from the Art Amateur called it 'charring' and now here it is referred to as 'scorching'. By the time of the second article, the authors noted they had been running articles on this topic for a number of issues, so perhaps we will discover some more soon. However, it was the June 1892 one here where they realized that the word pyrography was becoming the standard terminology.

If you have either any questions to ask or any additional information to offer on this article by L. and M. J. Clarkson, please e-mail the E-Museum Curator.

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Lida and M. J. Clarkson's
1891 and 1892 articles
"Scorch Work"

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© 2010 Kathleen M. Garvey Menéndez, all rights reserved.
27 April 2010.