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Stoke Top Lock No 40
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Quote of the day No 316

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Although it may seem to a modern business man extravagant to paint decorative pictures on canal boats at all — ‘van-dyking’ in boatman’s slang — once the tradition had reached the point where no boat was regarded as complete until it was decorated, the owner dared not do without pictures entirely for fear of losing all his skilled crews. After accepting the minimum cost demanded by the boatman, the boat owner was just as interested in cutting costs as anyone else. With traditional painting techniques the customer has the maximum effect from a minimum of painter’s effort and cost. Tommy Williams, a well-known dock owner and painter, even experimented with stencils for his castles during the 1930s, but with dull and geometrical results. Boat painters had to evolve a fairly foolproof technique that could guarantee success without artistic standing-back or time-wasting retouching. Whether they developed their own slick, speedy method or were handed on from elsewhere is difficult to tell, but all twentieth century canal-painting seems to stem from a common root.

A. J. Lewery -Narrow Boat Painting

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