was then varnished on the back until it became transparent.
Oil paints were applied on the reverse, and no shading was necessary, that being supplied by the original.
It was merely the coloring of a print to suit the fancy.
It was an economical as well as rapid style of painting, as all the paint remaining on the palette was mixed together and used as background.
A little touch of paint on the face of the picture was sometimes added, then a thin coat of varnish, and it was ready for the frame —or the rubbish pile, as one chose.
I was a Grecian painter, and at times feel rather elated at having been an adept in one of the lost arts.
Quite a number of pupils took lessons in wax fruit and flowers, or rather fruit, for that was moulded and easily made, while flowers required a more skilled touch.
Sometimes in the country I have seen funeral wreaths which the unsuspecting owner has assured me was the original wreath preserved in wax. How vividly this brought back to me the days of wax work in the studio.
A monthly report was made out for each scholar regarding her proficiency in lessons and deportment.
I think the daily school life could be summed up in a general way, as prayers, 7; breakfast, 8; school, 9; intermission, 12 to 12.30; dinner, 2; music and painting in the afternoon; tea, 6; study hour together, 7 to 8; conversation in music-room parlor, 8 to 9; lights out at 10.
It is needless to say that lessons were memorized, by this I mean every word in geography or history must be letter perfect, particular stress being laid on rules in arithmetic and grammar; and a method was employed by a teacher in geography that I have never seen elsewhere, although it may have been used.
Very large maps were hung on the wall, and the teacher named the rivers, mountains, capes, or whatever might be the day's lesson, and pointed them out, while the pupils chanted them after her in a sing song rhythm.
This brings forcibly to mind the way we learned our multiplication table in the public school, each table being sung with a terminating