Academy board

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Oil on academy board
MFA# 1996.195


A heavy paperboard coated on one side with Size and a white ground (usually oil, Lead white, and Chalk). Academy boards were sold in the mid-19th century by art retailers as an inexpensive painting surface for amateurs and students.

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Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966